Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded for Developing a Genome Editing Method

Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded for Developing a Genome Editing Method

Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded for Developing a Genome Editing Method

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Scientists Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna have won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their development of a genome editing method, the Nobel Committee said Wednesday.

“Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna have discovered one of the most accurate tools in genetic engineering – the CRISPR / Cas9 genetic scissors,” the report says.

“This technology has revolutionized the life sciences, is contributing to new cancer treatments, and could lead to the dream of treating hereditary diseases.”

The prize is 10 million Swedish crowns ($ 1.1 million).

($ 1 = 8.9372 SEK)

(Nicklas Pollard with contributions from Simon Johnson, Anna Ringstrom, Supanta Muherjee, Colm Fulton and Johannes Hellstrom. Translated by Vladimir Sadykov)

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