Scientists Awarded the Nobel Prize for Developing a CRISPR Gene-Editing Tool

On Wednesday, two scientists won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing a way of editing genes that offer the promise of curing inherited diseases. 

French microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier and American biochemist Jennifer A. Doudna invented a method known as CRISPR-Cas9 that is used to change the DNA of animals, plants, and microorganisms with high precision.

This is the first time 2 women win the Nobel Prize together. 

Claes Gustafsson, chair of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry,  said: “There is enormous power in this genetic tool, which affects us all, it has not only revolutionized basic science but also resulted in innovative crops and will lead to groundbreaking new medical treatments.”

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