Nobel Prize in chemistry awarded for ‘gene scissors’
The DNA editing tool they have developed will help in the treatment of cancer and hereditary diseases
Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to two women scientists for creating «genetic scissors», allowing «overwrite life code». This tool can be used to develop new treatments for cancer and hereditary diseases..
French Emmanuelle Charpentier and American Jennifer Doudna will share a prize of SEK 10 million ($ 1.1 million) for developing a CRISPR / Cas9 tool for precise editing of animal, plant and microorganism DNA.
«The ability to cut DNA in the right place revolutionized the natural sciences», – said Pernilla Wittung Stafshede of the Swedish Academy of Sciences at the awards ceremony.
Charpentier, 51, and Dudna, 56, became the sixth and seventh women to receive the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. In 1911, this award was received by Marie Curie, and in 2018 – Francis Arnold.
For the first time since 1964, there are no men among the prize winners in chemistry. Charpentier said that the fact that two women won the award for the first time shows that there are more women leaders in science..