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2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Yoshinori Ohsumi, Autophagy, Nobel


Autophagy is a cellular process of destruction and recycling. Cellular materials are broken down and recycled as needed, providing the body a way to remove unwanted material while also providing the means to create new needed items. The importance of this process and its possible role in numerous diseases is why Yoshinori Ohsumi has been awarded a 2016 Noble Prize. Ohsumi has been awarded the 2016 Nobel in Physiology or Medicine for his “discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy and thus paving the way for the exciting field of autophagy research” ( “Press release: The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.”).

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Science & Technology Libraries on 31 Jan 2017, available online:



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