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French researchers awarded Nobel Prize for Medicine for 2008

French researchers awarded Nobel Prize for Medicine for 2008

A moment of National Pride indeed for the French.

Françoise Barré-Sinoussi & Luc Montagnier jointly share the Nobel Prize for Medicine for the year 2008. They have been awarded this highest honour for their contribution in discovering HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) that causes AIDS.

They share half of their award with Dr. Harald zur Hausen of Germany for his discovery of the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) that causes cervical cancer.

Dr. Barré-Sinoussi & Dr. Montagnier discovered the HIV at the Pasteur Institute in Paris in 1983. Both the awardees addressed the Noble Assembly at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm on Dec 7th 2008. They were introduced by Professor Björn Vennström, Member of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine.

The award money close to 1.4 Mn USD will be split between the three.