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[Editorial] The Nobel Foundation needs to check its privilege

Of the 216 Nobel Prizes for Physiology or Medicine laureates to date, only 12 are women. It could be argued that some of the bias is due to historical imbalance; the scientific community has only started to recognise that poor diversity limits the breadth of scientific findings in the past 10 years. But that is discounting that institutional discrimination, which still affects scientific institutions, might also be pervasive in the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine’s selection process.