Women and the Nobel Prize
Between 1901-2011, the Nobel prize has been awarded to 826 individuals: 43 of these were women (none so far in 2012). Gerti Cori was one of the first of these pioneering women. In 1947, she and her husband Carl Cori (pictured) received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for unravelling the Cori Cycle.
Your muscles store energy as glycogen, released by oxidation. When you sprint, oxygen is in short supply, and a byproduct of incomplete oxidation, lactic acid, builds up and causes your muscles to spasm. Later, lactic acid is mopped up by the liver and converted back to glycogen by the Cori Cycle.
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