Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to scientists working on gene-editing

Emmanuelle CharpentierPhoto: AP Photo / Susan Walsh / File

Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of gene-editing tools.

The Swedish Academy of Sciences announced the prize winners on Wednesday. 

The two researchers received the award for their work with the so-called genetic scissors, a tool that can change the genome of all types of living organisms with great precision.

Cause of concern

“There is an enormous force in the scissors, which concerns us all. 

“It has revolutionized not only basic science, but also growth processing, and it will lead to innovative medical treatments,” the leader of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry, Claes Gustafsson, noted.

The Chemistry Prize has been awarded to 183 people over the years, and only seven of these have been women.

Last year, three award winners shared the Chemistry Award for the development of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.

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