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2 Win Nobel Prize for Chemistry for Discovery of CRISPR


What Happened:

  • On Wednesday, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for their work in developing a method of genome editing known as CRISPR.

  • CRISPR has been described as "molecular scissors" that may be used to edit and change the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with high precision.

  • The discovery has the potential to one day cure major diseases, including cancer.

  • Said Claes Gustafsson, chair of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry, "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."

  • The method is still in its' early stages of development but is considered one of the most significant breakthroughs in medicine.

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