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Nobel for Medicine Goes to Australian Scientists

Nobel Prize for Medicine recipients, Australians Robin Warren (L) and Barry Marshall toast their success with champagne at Swan Berry Cafe in Perth Oct. 3, 2005.
Nobel Prize for Medicine recipients, Australians Robin Warren (L) and Barry Marshall toast their success with champagne at Swan Berry Cafe in Perth Oct. 3, 2005.

The Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology goes to two Australians who made the startling discovery that most stomach ulcers are caused by a germ.

The conventional wisdom was that excess stomach acid caused ulcers; Robin Warren and Barry Marshall will share the $1.3 million prize for proving otherwise.

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Award-winning journalist Richard Harris has reported on a wide range of topics in science, medicine and the environment since he joined NPR in 1986. In early 2014, his focus shifted from an emphasis on climate change and the environment to biomedical research.