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U.S., French Researchers Awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Recipients are University of California at Berkeley biochemist Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier of France

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) — American and French scientists have won the 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry for their work developing the revolutionary gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9.

The award for University of California at Berkeley biochemist Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier of France was announced Wednesday, The Washington Post reported.

“This year’s prize is about rewriting the code of life,” said Goran Hansson, secretary general of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

CRISPR-Cas9 — often described as molecular scissors — can locate and snip out specific sections of DNA and is being investigated as a cancer therapy and a cure for inherited diseases, The Post reported.

The Washington Post Article

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