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Japan's Ohsumi wins Nobel Prize for cell 'recycling' work

"My motto is to do what others don't want to do. I thought (cellular breakdown) was very interesting. This is where it all begins. It didn't draw much attention in the past, but we're now in a time when there is a bigger focus on it," says Prof Ohsumi.


YOSHINORI Ohsumi of Japan won the Nobel Medicine Prize on Monday for his pioneering work on autophagy - a process whereby cells "eat themselves" - which when disrupted can cause Parkinson's and diabetes.

He is currently a professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.