The Nobel Prize in Medicine this year has been jointly awarded to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo for their significant contribution to cancer research.
The two immunologists from U.S. and Japan respectively discovered a newfangled cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune systems. “Cancer kills millions of people every year and is one of humanity’s greatest health challenges. By stimulating the inherent ability of our immune system to attack tumor cells this year’s Nobel Laureates have established an entirely new principle for cancer therapy,” a statement from the Nobel Prize Academy read.
“The discovery made by the two Medicine Laureates takes advantage of the immune system’s ability to attack cancer cells by releasing the brakes on immune cells,” Nobel Prize twitter handle broadcasted.