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Nobel Prize lessons – Discoveries that laid the foundation for mRNA vaccines

The 2023 medicine prize honours discoveries that were decisive in the development of effective mRNA vaccines for COVID-19 during the pandemic that struck the world in early 2020. The two laureates’ ground-breaking research has fundamentally changed our understanding of how mRNA interacts with the immune system. It contributed to the extraordinarily rapid development of new vaccines during the coronavirus pandemic.

This is a ready to use Nobel Prize lesson on the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The lesson is designed to take 45 minutes and includes a slideshow with a speaker’s manuscript, a video and a student assignment.

1. Show the slideshow (15 min)

Show the slides, using the speaker’s manuscript.

Slideshow (PDF 3 MB)

Speaker’s Manuscript (PDF 160 Kb)

2. Show the interview  (5 min)

3. Student assignment (15 min)

Let the students work with the assignment.

Student assignment (PDF 120 Kb)

4. Conclusion (10 min)

Summarise the work with the assignment and capture any questions from the students.

Press release for the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

A Nobel Prize lesson about Alfred Nobel and the Nobel Prize

A Swedish version of the lesson is available at nobelprizemuseum.se

To cite this section
MLA style: Nobel Prize lessons – Discoveries that laid the foundation for mRNA vaccines. NobelPrize.org. Nobel Prize Outreach AB 2023. Fri. 8 Dec 2023. <https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel-prize-lessons-medicine-2023/>

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