The first of this years Nobel prizes has been awarded for Medicine. Half the prize goes jointly to Bruce Beutler and Jules Hoffmann, for “their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity” and the other half goes to Ralph Steinman for “his discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity”
Update: Tragically it is now being reported that Ralph Steinman died on 30th September. It seems likely that the Nobel committee were not aware of his death at the time of the announcement today. According to the present rules the Nobel can only be awarded posthumously when the Laureate dies after the announcement but I hope that sense will prevail and the award will stand.
Further update: The Nobel committee has now stated that the award will indeed stand.