As the great Bill Nye once said: "science rules." A professor from the University of Alberta has been declared a Nobel Prize winner and Trudeau is the proudest papa around. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a message of congratulations to Dr. Michael Houghton.

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What an accomplishment.

Justin Trudeau 

"His discovery of the hepatitis C virus has made possible other medical breakthroughs, prevented millions of infections, and saved countless lives," the PM wrote. 

Dr. Michael Houghton was born in the United Kingdom and received the remarkable prize for literally discovering Hepatitis C. 

Houghton shares this year's prize with Harvey J. Atler and Charles M. Rice who made the discovery along with him. 

According to the CDC, "Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis C can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, long-term illness." 

There are two types of the virus, acute and chronic. In its worst form, it can be deadly. 

Symptoms range from throwing up, chronic fatigue, and depression, all the way up to chronic liver disease and liver cancer. 

As Trudeau said, this discovery has "saved countless lives." 

 
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