Turkey’s First Nobel Has Oncology Implications
This article was originally published in PharmAsia News
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry this year went to three researchers for mapping how cells repair damaged DNA and safeguard genetic information, one of whom was Aziz Sancar, who became the first Turkish scientist to win the prestigious prize. The work has important implications for medical treatment, particularly cancer, where it may help understand disease mechanisms.
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