The Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna for the development of a method for genome editing–huh?
Let’s break it down. They discovered one of gene technology’s sharpest tools: the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors. Using these, researchers can change the DNA of animals, plants and micro-organisms with extremely high precision. In other words, this could possibly make the ‘dream come true’ of curing inherited diseases!
A life-changing discovery indeed.
Charpentier, a French microbiologist, and Doudna, an American biochemist, son las primeras miujeres to jointly win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and the sixth and seventh women to win the chemistry prize