Well, previously I have written about how I thought that there should have been a Nobel Prize awarded to Carl Woese and Norm Pace for pioneering work on microbial diversity. See for example "Some arguments for why Carl Woese (and probably Norm Pace) deserves a Nobel Prize". Alas Carl Woese passed away recently and is no longer eligible. However, in a way this opens up things to a perhaps more medical driven Nobel prize in Medicine for the microbiome. I believe that the human microbiome has been shown to be important enough in medicine to be deserving of a Nobel Prize in medicine.
And if that is true, then we can ask "Are there any people who would deserve a prize in this area?" And the answer is pretty clearly yes. I would suggest that there are two people who deserve such a recognition: Norm Pace and Jeff Gordon. Norm Pace for his pioneering work on characterizing microbes indirectly via sequencing their RNA and DNA, especially their ribosomal RNA genes. And Jeffrey Gordon for his pioneering work on animal and the human micro biome and in showing that the microbiome plays fundamental roles in animals and human health and phenotypes.
I will write more about this later but just wanted to get this thought out there ... and see what people think.