Three Europeans win Nobel medicine prize for discovering HIV and HPV

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 09 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2023
  1. Geoff Watts
  1. 1London

    The 2008 Nobel prize for physiology or medicine has gone to one German and two French researchers for microbiological detective work that led to the discovery of two families of viruses with a major impact on human health. Almost as noteworthy, say some commentators, is the absence of one US researcher whose contribution was controversial.

    Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, 61, of the virology department at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, shares half the prize of 10 million Swedish kronor (£800 000; €1m; $1.4m) with Luc Montagnier, 76, director of the World Foundation for …

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