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Subject: Genome editing wins Nobel chemistry prize

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/07/20 at 5:47 am

Two scientists have been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing the tools to edit DNA. Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna are the first two women to share the prize, awarded for their work on the technology of genome editing. Their discovery, known as Crispr-Cas9 genetic scissors, is a way of making specific and precise changes to the DNA contained in living cells. They are the first women to share the prize without a male collaborator. The winners will share the prize money of 10 million kronor (£861,200). Commenting on her win, Prof Emmanuelle Charpentier, from the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens in Berlin, said she was emotional on learning about the award. "When it happens, you're very surprised, and you think it's not real. But obviously it's real," she said.

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