Hepatitis C discovery earns scientists Nobel Prize for Medicine

Reuters

Three scientists who discovered the virus Hepatitis C have won 2020’s Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology.

The team is composed of British scientist Michael Houghton, and US researchers Harvey Alter and Charles Rice.

The Nobel Prize committee said their discoveries ultimately “saved millions of lives”, as there are 70 million people currently living with the virus, which kills around 400,000 a year.

The virus is a common cause of liver cancer and a major reason why people need a liver transplant.