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WATCH: Houston Scientist Receives Nobel Prize In Sweden

The scientist’s work led to treatments that use the body’s immune system to fight cancer.

A Houston scientist will receive the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Monday morning. 

James Allison, Ph.D., chair of Immunology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center won the award along with Tasuku Honjo M.D., Ph.D., a professor at Kyoto University. Their work led to treatments that use the body’s immune system to fight cancer.

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Allison is the first MD Anderson scientist to receive the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, according to MD Anderson.

Allison studied a known protein and developed the concept into a new treatment approach, whereas Honjo discovered a new protein that also operated as a brake on immune cells.

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