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Sweden: Married couple share Nobel Medicine Prize for 'GPS cell' development00:39

Sweden: Married couple share Nobel Medicine Prize for 'GPS cell' development

Sweden, Stockholm
October 6, 2014 at 05:40 GMT +00:00 · Published

The 2014 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine was awarded to professor of cognitive neuroscience John O'Keefe, and jointly to May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser for their discoveries of cells in the brain allowing humans to navigate complex environments, in Stockholm, Monday.

Known as the 'inner GPS' of the brain which makes it possible for humans to orient themselves in any given space, O'Keefe is said to have found the first component of this positioning system through studies in the brain's hippocampus in 1971.

More than three decades later, May-Britt and Edvard Moser discovered another key component of the brain's 'inner GPS', which they named 'grid cells.' The pair discovered these particular cells determine how the brain determines the position and navigation of the body in space.

The Nobel Peace Prize, which has drawn a record 278 nominations including Edward Snowden, is set to be announced on October 10.

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The 2014 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine was awarded to professor of cognitive neuroscience John O'Keefe, and jointly to May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser for their discoveries of cells in the brain allowing humans to navigate complex environments, in Stockholm, Monday.

Known as the 'inner GPS' of the brain which makes it possible for humans to orient themselves in any given space, O'Keefe is said to have found the first component of this positioning system through studies in the brain's hippocampus in 1971.

More than three decades later, May-Britt and Edvard Moser discovered another key component of the brain's 'inner GPS', which they named 'grid cells.' The pair discovered these particular cells determine how the brain determines the position and navigation of the body in space.

The Nobel Peace Prize, which has drawn a record 278 nominations including Edward Snowden, is set to be announced on October 10.