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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna are Nobel Prize winners in the Chemistry Category
  • Award has been given for developing CRISPR
  • CRISPR is one of the sharpest tools of technology through which researchers can change DNA
  • First women duo to win a prize in Chemistry Category

Today the Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been announced and the winners are French Scientist Emmanuelle Charpentier and American Jennifer A. Doudna. The award was given to them for developing a method of genome editing known as CRISPR.

They developed one of the sharpest tools of the technology and through this researchers will be able to change the DNA of plants, animals and micro-organism with high clarity. The new gene-editing tools have revolutionized molecular life sciences, introduced new opportunities for plant breeding, are contributing to better and new cancer therapies and curing inherited disease which seems to be like a dream.

The two winners for the Chemistry category in Nobel Prize are the first women duo to jointly win the prize in this category. They are also the sixth and seventh women to win the prize in the category Chemistry.

The recipients were announced by Secretary-General of Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Goran Hansson in Stockholm on Wednesday. The winners received a Gold Medal and an amount of 10 million Krona. The Nobel Prize in literature will be announced tomorrow while the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday and Nobel Prize in Economics on Monday.

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