US duo James Rothman and Randy Schekman along with German-born Thomas Südhof have won the 2013 Nobel Prize in medicine for their groundbreaking work on how the cell organises its transport system.
“Through their discoveries, Rothman, Schekman and Sudhof have revealed the exquisitely precise control system for the transport and delivery of cellular cargo,” the Nobel Assembly at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute said in a statement.
Medicine is the first of the Nobel prizes awarded each year. The trio will split the prize of 8 million crowns ($1.3 million). Prizes for achievements in science, literature and peace were first awarded in 1901 in accordance with the will of dynamite inventor and businessman Alfred Nobel.