Rabu, 07 Oktober 2020

Scientists Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna win 2020 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for CRISPR gene-editing tool - ABC News

Scientists Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna have won the 2020 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for the development of a method for genome editing, the award-giving body said.

The prestigious award comes with a gold medal and prize money of 10 million Swedish krona ($1.5 million), courtesy of a bequest left more than a century ago by the prize's creator, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel.

"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.

"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."

On Monday, the Nobel Committee awarded the prize for physiology and medicine to Americans Harvey J Alter and Charles M Rice and British-born scientist Michael Houghton for discovering the liver-ravaging hepatitis C virus.

Tuesday's prize for physics went to Roger Penrose of Britain, Reinhard Genzel of Germany and Andrea Ghez of the United States for their breakthroughs in understanding the mysteries of cosmic black holes.

The other prizes are for outstanding work in the fields of literature, peace and economics.

The amount of money given was increased recently to adjust for inflation.

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