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Sweden: Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to 'genetic scissors' creators02:31

Sweden: Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to 'genetic scissors' creators

Sweden, Stockholm
October 7, 2020 at 16:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of a method for genome editing in Stockholm on Wednesday.

The two laureates have contributed to the amelioration of DNA study by developing a 'genetic scissors' that can cut the DNA string at only one selective position.

"The ability to cut the DNA where you want has revolutionised the life sciences. We can now easily edit genomes as desired, something that before was hard, even impossible," explained Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede, member of the Nobel committee.

"It is also used in plant breeding and for novel treatments of human diseases. The genetic scissors were discovered just eight years ago but have already benefited humankind greatly," Wittung-Stafshede added.

French microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier and American biochemist Jennifer Doudna are the first women to jointly win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and the sixth and seventh women to win the prize in over a century.

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Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of a method for genome editing in Stockholm on Wednesday.

The two laureates have contributed to the amelioration of DNA study by developing a 'genetic scissors' that can cut the DNA string at only one selective position.

"The ability to cut the DNA where you want has revolutionised the life sciences. We can now easily edit genomes as desired, something that before was hard, even impossible," explained Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede, member of the Nobel committee.

"It is also used in plant breeding and for novel treatments of human diseases. The genetic scissors were discovered just eight years ago but have already benefited humankind greatly," Wittung-Stafshede added.

French microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier and American biochemist Jennifer Doudna are the first women to jointly win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and the sixth and seventh women to win the prize in over a century.

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