Prediction on 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
On Monday 7 October, 11:30 a.m. at the earliest - The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine will be announced by Göran K. Hansson, Secretary of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine. Before this date, kinds of predictions will follow. Here, let’s take an inventory of such predictions.
Usually the Nobel Review Committee has special preference on two aspects in selecting winner, one is new discoveries, new phenomena and new mechanism, which is a basic theoretical research. For example, discovery of new pathogens, structures, new molecular details, various intracellular structures such as lysosomes, Golgi apparatus, ribosomes, blood type, vaccines, hormones, vitamins, antibiotics, immune function, receptor signal transduction mechanisms, new viruses, telomeres, small RNA interference phenomenon, the formation of smell, conditioned reflex and so on. These studies tend to provide us new concepts, make us recognize new phenomena or have a better understanding on a phenomenon. Another is new technology, such as PCR, MRI, CT, monoclonal antibody, radioimmunoassay, organ transplantation, electron microscopy, fluorescent protein technology, test-tube baby, which are often characterized by widely available or has great potential for application.
According to past examples, leptin, functional MRI, autophagic cell death mechanisms and procedures necrosis, CPB, hemodialysis, vascular stents and vascular bypass, high-resolution molecular imaging of biological structures, mechanisms of neurotransmitter release process, intestinal flora research, epigenetics research, non-phosphorylated protein regulation, regenerative organ transplant, the record of electrical activity of nerve, gene sequencing and others become the hot items to get nominations. But maybe the laurel is none of the items here. Well, then let’s expect the final answers…