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Immunologist Medzhitov wins
$5.1 million science prize

Ruslan Medzhitov is making a habit out of winning new science prizes.

A German foundation announced today that its inaugural Else Kröner-Fresenius Award will go to Medzhitov, the David W. Wallace Professor of Immunobiology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at the Yale School of Medicine. The prize: 4 million euros, or roughly $5.1 million.

Medzhitov, who has done breakthrough work on a part of the immune system known as Toll-like receptors, won the first-ever Lurie Prize in the Biomedical Sciences earlier this year, with an award of a mere $100,000. Two years ago, he shared the $1 million Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine.

The Kröner-Fresenius Award earmarks $3.5 million euros for research and 500,000 euros for the recipient's personal use, making it "the most valuable single accolade in all of science," a Nature Medicine blog says.

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