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Japanese scientist Yoshinori Ohsumi, winner of this year’s Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, has been awarded the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, the prize foundation said Monday.

The Breakthrough Prize Foundation, launched by the founders of companies including Facebook Inc. and Google Inc., honored Ohsumi’s research for elucidating mechanisms for autophagy, an intracellular process that degrades and recycles proteins.

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