Did you know that our body 'eats' itself in order to stay healthy?
Autophagy, or 'self-eating' refers to the way our cells can destroy its own contents, by breaking them down and recycling in a compartment called the lysosome. In the 1990s Yoshinori Ohsumi discovered how autophagy worked. His discoveries helped us better understand how our cells manage malnutrition and infections, and protect us against disease. Yoshinori Ohsumi was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Medicine, he was the 39th laureate to be awarded the prize alone.