Two women win Nobel Prize in chemistry for work on CRISPR gene-editing system
Advertisement“There is enormous power in this genetic tool, which affects us all,” said Claes Gustafsson, chair of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry. CRISPR can also be used to disable faulty genes and even change a single letter on a strand of DNA. (The first CRISPR systems discovered were indeed partly palindromic; however, scientists later found that this is not universally true.) AdvertisementWithin six months, six independent research teams had demonstrated that the CRISPR gene editing system would work in animal cells. The chemistry award is one of the six 2020 Nobel Prizes that are being announced through Monday.latimes.com
2 scientists win Nobel chemistry prize for gene-editing tool
French scientist Emmanuelle Charpentier and American Jennifer A. Doudna have won the Nobel Prize 2020 in chemistry for developing a method of genome editing likened to 'molecular scissors' that offer the promise of one day curing genetic diseases. “There is enormous power in this genetic tool,” said Claes Gustafsson, chair of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry. In 1911, Marie Curie was the sole recipient of the chemistry award, as was Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin in 1964. ___Read more stories about Nobel Prizes past and present by The Associated Press at https://www.apnews.com/NobelPrizes___This story was first published Oct. 7, 2020. It was updated on Oct. 8, 2020, to correct the aim of clinical trials that are underway with the gene-editing tool CRISPR.