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Americans win Nobel Physics, Medicine prize

Americans John Mather and George Smoot have won this year's Nobel prize for Physics, while Andrew Fire and Craig Mello have won the prize for Medicine.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2006 21:17 IST

Americans John Mather and George Smoot have won the 2006 Nobel prize for physics for work that helped shed light on the infancy of the universe, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said today.

They won the prize for discovering "the blackbody form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation", which offered insights into the origin of the universe, galaxies and stars, the Academy said as it announced the award.

Meanwhile, Americans Andrew Fire and Craig Mello won the 2006 Nobel prize for medicine for gene silencing by double-stranded RNA, the Nobel Assembly of Stockholm's Karolinska Institute said today.

They discovered a fundamental mechanism for controlling the flow of genetic information, it said, announcing the winners.