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This year's Nobel Prize in medicine is shared by a cancer-fighting (and harmonica-playing) Texan

The 2018 Nobel Prize honors what might be our best shot at beating cancer.
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James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo.

Ill. Niklas Elmehed. © Nobel Media

The Nobel Prize, though often questionable in its selections, captivates the world each year. While there are now scientific awards with larger monetary prizes, there is no prize so universally and immediately recognized as a sign of prestige.

The 2018 season kicked off on Monday with the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, which this year honors two researchers for their work on cancer therapy. James P. Allison, 70, born in Alice, Texas, and now affiliated with the University of Texas MD Anderson

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