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3 scientists earn Nobel Prize in medicine for studying how cells react to oxygen

The Nobel Committee announces winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
The Nobel Committee announces the winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in medicine. Photo: Johnathan Nockstrand/AFP/Getty Images

3 scientists — 2 American, 1 British — won the 2019 Nobel Prize in medicine for studying how cells sense and react to varying oxygen levels, per AP.

Why it matters: The Nobel Committee said the scientists' work has "greatly expanded our knowledge of how physiological response makes life possible" and kickstarted new strategies to fight anemia, cancer and other diseases.

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