Hungarian-born scientist Katalin Karikó has been awarded the Nobel Prize!
Katalin Karikó, biochemist, research biologist and one of the developers of the mRNA-based vaccine against coronavirus, has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Life Sciences and Medicine. In a telephone interview with the award committee, she gave her reaction to the news.
Katalin Karikó was asleep at her home in Philadelphia when the call came from Stockholm, so her husband answered the phone instead of her. She said that at first she thought it was a joke, but the caller had information that allowed her to verify the story.
In a telephone interview with the award committee, Katalin Karikó said that when she retired from the University of Pennsylvania ten years ago, she wanted to give up, but her husband encouraged her to continue her research at Biontech in Germany. So she did, and threw herself into the work to the point where she did her own hands-on laboratory research.
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