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Two women won the Chemistry Nobel Prize for genome editing technology

Friday, October 9th 2020 - 08:51 UTC
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“Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A Doudna have discovered one of gene technology's sharpest tools: The CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced “Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A Doudna have discovered one of gene technology's sharpest tools: The CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced

Scientists Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of a method for genome editing.

“Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A Doudna have discovered one of gene technology's sharpest tools: The CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in a statement on awarding the 10 million Swedish crown (US$1.1 million) prize.

“This technology has had a revolutionary impact on the life sciences, is contributing to new cancer therapies and may make the dream of curing inherited diseases come true.”

“The ability to cut the DNA where you want has revolutionized the life sciences,” Pernilla Wittung Stafshede, member of the academy of sciences, told reporters.

Charpentier, who is French, and Doudna, an American, become the sixth and seventh women to win a Nobel for chemistry, joining the likes of Marie Curie, who won in 1911, and more recently, Frances Arnold, in 2018.

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