US Researchers win Nobel Medicine Prize

Two American researchers who have made breakthroughs in research into the role of RNA molecules in cells are to share the Nobel Prize in Medicine, it was announced on Monday.

The two researchers, Craig Mello and Andrew Fire, have worked together to establish that certain RNA moelcules play a far more important role in the cell than previously realised.

The announcement was made just after 11:30am at the Nobel Forum of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

Craig Mello is based at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine. Andrew Fire is based at the Stanford University School of Medicine.