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Chinese Lady Scientist Among Winners of Nobel Prize in Medicine, Making History

Oh yeah, and some dudes won, too.

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It seems that Women in STEM have a lot to celebrate today! The winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine were announced earlier today, and there is a brilliant lady scientist from China among them!

Youyou Tu of China will be taking half the prize for her discovery of a new malaria drug, building upon her earlier, Lasker Award-winning discovery of Artemisinin, which the Chinese have been using for centuries and is now considered the first line of defense against malaria. The 84-year-old chief professor at the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine is also making history as the first Chinese scientist ever to receive the Nobel Prize in Medicine. NBD.

The recipients of the other half of the Prize this year are William C. Campbell of the USA and Satoshi Ōmura of Japan for their joint discovery of a new treatment for infections caused by roundworm parasites.

Congratulations to these brilliant minds, and thanks to all of them for their work, which improves the lives of so many around the world.

(via Live Science; Image via Getty Images)

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