Dr. Avnish Jolly, 6th October, 2008 :The Nobel Foundation today announced that the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine will be shared by Harald zur Hausen of Germany, and FranÃ§oise BarrÃ-Sinoussi and Luc Montagnier of France. The German scientist will get half of the 10 million Swedish kronor (US $1.4 million) prize amount, while the French scientists will share the other half.
Harald zur Hausen, 72, of the German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg went against current dogma and postulated that oncogenic human papilloma virus (HPV) caused cervical cancer, the second most common cancer among women, the statement added.
The discovery of HIV by BarrÃ – Sinoussi, 61, and Montagnier, 76, was one prerequisite for the current understanding of the biology of the disease and its antiretroviral treatment.
"The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2008 with one half to Harald zur Hausen for his discovery of human papilloma viruses causing cervical cancer and the other half jointly to FranÃ§oise BarrÃ-Sinoussi and Luc Montagnier for their discovery of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)," a statement issued by the foundation said.