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US and Japan immunologists win Nobel Prize

Unleashing immune cells against tumors led to cancer therapy breakthrough

Tasuku Honjo appeared at a news conference at Kyoto University on Oct. 1 after being awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. (Photo by Nozomu Ogawa)

TOKYO -- The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded jointly to immunologists James P. Allison of the U.S. and Japan's Tasuku Honjo for their "discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation," the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden announced on Oct. 1.

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