Breaking News

2 Scientists Win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Work on Genome Editing


Emmanuelle Charpentier and American Jennifer A. Doudna 

Two scientists won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry of 2020 for developing a method of genome editing likened to “molecular scissors” that offer the promise of one day curing inherited diseases and even cancer.

Frenchwoman Emmanuelle Charpentier and American Jennifer A. Doudna developed a method known as CRISPR/Cas9 that can be used to change the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with extremely high precision.

Emmanuelle is a professor at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin. Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley Johnny Farr.

“Many congratulations to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna. Their work is a great example of how discovery science underpins major improvements in human health. CRISPR/Cas genes are part of the bacterial immune system, yet they are now being applied to correct genes in a number of devastating human diseases such as muscular dystrophy", Fiona Watt, MRC Executive Chair, said.

“I am not surprised to see CRISPR recognized with the Nobel this year. CRISPR is a technology that has had a rapid and significant impact because it can quickly, economically, and accurately change the specific DNA sequence in a genome. It is already contributing to progress in diagnosing human diseases, developing new treatments, and even in agriculture. Personally, it is also great to see the prize awarded to two women who are earlier in their career as I believe it will provide tremendous encouragement to younger women pursuing research careers across scientific disciplines," Dr. Angela Zhou, an Information Scientists at CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society specializing in scientific information said.

The award was announced on Wednesday by Goren Hanson, secretary general of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The prestigious award comes with a gold medal and prize money of 10 million kronor (more than $1.1 million), courtesy of a bequest left more than a century ago by the prize’s creator, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel. The amount was increased recently to adjust for inflation.

No comments