Nobel goes for studying ‘school buses’ in cells

The three award winners studied the role of vesicles — bubble-like ‘buses’ — that move chemicals within cells or through their outer walls.

By Tina Hesman Saey, 16:51 PM October 9, 2013

Each year since 1901, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences issues one or more Nobel Prizes for biology. Sometimes the awards go to doctors or scientists who invent new drugs, vaccines, ways to do surgery or useful devices like the artificial heart. That becomes an award for medicine. Other times, like this year, it celebrates major achievements in physiology, which is the science of how cells and bigger structures in living organisms work.

On Oct. 7, the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine ...

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