Two U.S. scientists have won the Nobel Prizefor gene work. Andrew Fire and Craig Mello were awarded the 200 prize for medicine for mapping the flow of information in the cell.

This prize underscores the growing importance of the field of bioinformatics. They studied the operation of genes in nematodes, tiny worms that are often barely visible to the naked eye. An essentially digital process, gene expression is thought to be central to many diseases, including virus infections.

Prize money is $1.37 million U.S.D.

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