The 2011 Nobel Prize in Medicine is awarded to Bruce Beutler, Jules Hoffmann, Ralph Steinman

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.


5 Responses to The 2011 Nobel Prize in Medicine is awarded to Bruce Beutler, Jules Hoffmann, Ralph Steinman

  1. Ulla says:

    “attempt to stimulate immune reactions to cancer.” says SciAm. This is a good thing. There has been research on this long ago, showing good results, but as there were no drugs involved it had to be silenced. The pharma industry should be ashamed.

  2. Ulla says:

    OOPS, and congrats to the winners.

  3. A journal editor says:

    University says Nobel Prize winner died. It says It says Steinman was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer four years ago and died on Sept. 30, three days before the announcement.

    See: http://news.yahoo.com/university-says-nobel-prize-winner-died-130309232.html

  4. Luboš Motl says:

    “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.”

    What do you exactly find wrong about the rules? It’s sad but the rules are meant not to convert the Nobel prizes to a collection of dead people from history textbooks and it defines a well-defined procedure including a well-defined critical moment for that. He will not enjoy the money, anyway. I think that the rules should be upheld.

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