Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

3 win Nobel Prize for showing how cells sense low oxygen


NEW YORK – Two Americans and a British scientist won a Nobel Prize on Monday for discoverin­g details of how the body’s cells sense and react to low oxygen levels, providing a foothold for developing new treatments for anemia, cancer and other diseases.

Drs. William G. Kaelin Jr. of Harvard University, Gregg L. Semenza of Johns Hopkins University and Peter J. Ratcliffe at the Francis Crick Institute in Britain and Oxford University won the prize for advances in physiology or medicine.

The scientists, who worked largely independen­tly, will share the $918,000 cash award, said the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

The Nobel committee said scientists are focused on developing drugs that can treat diseases by either activating or suppressin­g the oxygen-sensing machinery. Such manipulati­on could help in attacking cancer cells, experts said.

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