They discovered one of the sharpest tools in genetic engineering: the CRISPR / Cas9 gene scissors. Using these, researchers can transform the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with the utmost precision.
Secretary-General of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Koran K. Hanson said this year’s prize is for “rewriting the ethics of life.”
CRISPR / Cas9 gene editing tools have revolutionized molecular life sciences, brought new opportunities for plant reproduction, contributed to innovative cancer treatments and made the dream of curing hereditary diseases a reality.
The first women to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry collectively, and the sixth and seventh women to win the Chemistry Prize were Charpentier from France and Doudna from the United States.
The Nobel Prize for Literature will be announced on Thursday, the Nobel Peace Prize and the Prize for Economics on Monday.
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