Medicine: Sharing the Nobel Prize

A trio of winners pioneered research into prostaglandins

When Swedish Chemist Sune Bergström started to do research on prostaglandin in 1947, almost nothing was known about the hormone-like substance, which had been discovered barely a decade earlier by his compatriot, Ulf S. von Euler. Even the name of the substance was based on the false assumption that it originates in the prostate gland. Over the next 35 years, with Bergström leading the way, researchers discovered that prostaglandin (PG) is not one chemical but a whole family of substances found in almost every tissue of...

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