How Autophagy Could Lead to a Cure For Cancer & Spell the End For Diabetes

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine recently went to Yoshinori Ohsumi for his discoveries into the mechanisms of autophagy. Also known as ‘self-eating’, autophagy is the process in which cells degrade and recycle their components.

Dr Ohsumi’s research studied the genetic makeup of yeast to discover the genes involved in this cellular activity and his work has already led to a better understanding of diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s and type 2 diabetes.

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