Science Sunday #21

Science Sunday #21

I love finding articles for Science Sunday that teach ne something new.  This week, I discovered that there is a new prize being given out to scientists who have made advances in therapeutics.  It’s called the Tang Prize in Biopharmeceutical Science , and the first awarding of it was done just this weekend in Taiwan.  This year, the prize went to two scientists:  Drs. James Allison and Tasuku Honjo, who discovered immune inhibitory molecules CTLA-4 and PD1 respectively.  Both of these molecules are now being targeted in cancer immunotherapy.  You can read more about the distinguished careers of these two scientists in the article linked above.  And from a more general perspective, this year’s awardees of the Tang Prize show how prevalent immunotherapy is becoming, which is very good for the future of the field!

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