US-French duo Charpentier, Doudna win Nobel Chemistry Prize for gene editing tool

Stockholm (AFP) – Emmanuelle Charpentier of France and Jennifer Doudna of the United States on Wednesday won the Nobel Chemistry Prize for developing the gene-editing technique known as the CRISPR-Cas9 DNA snipping “scissors”.”Using these, researchers can change the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with extremely high precision,” the Nobel jury said.”This technology has had a revolutionary impact on the life sciences, is contributing to new cancer therapies and may make the dream of curing inherited diseases come true.”Charpentier, 51, and Doudna, 56, are just the sixth and seventh wo…

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