Nobel Prize for Randy Schekman

Nobel Prize for Randy Schekman

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 11:46

eLife is delighted to congratulate its Editor-in-Chief Randy Schekman on being awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He shares the prize with James Rothman and Thomas Südhof for their “discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells”.

A vesicle is a small structure surrounded by a membrane that moves molecules around in cells. Schekman who is at the University of California at Berkeley discovered a set of genes that were required for vesicle transport. James Rothman (Yale University) pinpointed the process by which vesicles deliver their cargo to the correct area of the cell. Thomas Südhof (Stanford University) revealed how these same vesicles are able to release their contents in a precise manner.


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