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The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences today (Wednesday) announced that the Nobel Prize in chemistry has been awarded to Irwin Rose, a researcher in the UC Irvine College of Medicine and two colleagues for discovering a key way cells destroy unwanted proteins. The scientists' research, conducted in the late 1970s and early 1980s, provides the basis for developing new therapies for diseases such as cervical cancer and cystic fibrosis.

Today's announcement marks the fifth time in the last decade where University of California faculty has won the Nobel Prize in chemistry. The most recent was physics and materials professor Alan J. Heeger of UC Santa Barbara four years ago.

Since 1995, 16 University of California researchers have been awarded Nobel Prizes. Yesterday (Oct. 5), the Royal Swedish Academy of Science announced that David J. Gross, director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara, was among three researchers who had won the 2004 Nobel for physics.

Rose, 78, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, has been at the Irvine campus since 1997 where he is a member of the department of physiology and biophysics.

"The breakthrough work of Professor Rose will help us create medicines and therapies enabling people to live longer and live better," said UC President Robert C. Dynes. "It illustrates how the discoveries from our research universities such as UC make a real-world difference and contribute to enhancing our health and to our quality of life."

With today's award to Rose, 48 researchers affiliated with the University of California have won Nobel Prizes. This is the 17th time UC scientists have won the prize in chemistry.

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