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How oxygen levels affect cell metabolism


The story so far: This year, the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine was awarded to three scientists, William G. Kaelin Jr. from Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Maryland, U.S., Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe from Francis Crick Institute, London, and Gregg L. Semenza from the Johns Hopkins Institute for Cell Engineering for their discovery of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability. The three scientists have uncovered the genetic mechanisms that allow cells to respond to varying levels of oxygen.

Why is it important?

Oxygen is used by all cells to convert food to useful energy. While oxygen is ...


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