They discovered one of the sharpest tools in gene technology: the CRISPR / Cas9 gene clipper. With these, researchers can alter the DNA of animals, plants, and microorganisms with extremely high accuracy.
Goran K. Hanson, Secretary General of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, said this year’s prize was about “rewriting the code of life.”
CRISPR / Cas9 gene editing tools have revolutionized the molecular life sciences, opened up new opportunities for plant breeding, and contributed to innovative cancer treatments, and the dream of treating genetic diseases has come true.
Charpentier, from France, and our friend from the United States, are the first two women to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry together, and the sixth and seventh to win the Chemistry Prize.
The Nobel Prize in Literature will be announced Thursday, the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday and the Prize in Economic Sciences on Monday.
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