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Researchers recognized for CRISPR work
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - The Royal Swedish Academy
of Sciences on Oct. 7 awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
jointly to Jennifer A. Doudna, PhD, of the United States and
Emmanuelle Charpentier, PhD, of Germany. The two women
developed CRISPR-Cas9, a gene-editing technology that allows scientists to rewrite DNA in any organism with efficiency and precision. CRISPR-Cas9 presents opportunities for
advancements in agriculture, biology and medicine.
In agriculture, researchers are applying CRISPR-Cas9 to
engineer pest-resistant and disease-resistant crops as well as
crop varieties that are healthier and more nutritious.
Doudna is the Li Ka Shing Chancellor's Chair in Biomedical
and Health Sciences and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute
investigator at the University of California in Berkeley.
"This great honor recognizes the history of CRISPR and the
collaborative story of harnessing it into a profoundly powerful
engineering technology that gives new hope and possibility to
our society," she said.
Charpentier is director of the Max Planck Unit for the
Science of Pathogens in Berlin.
"I am overwhelmed and deeply honored to receive a
prize of such high distinction and look forward to videocelebrating this exceptional award with my team members,

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Jennifer Doudna, left, and Emmanuelle Charpentier have won this year's
Nobel Prize in chemistry.

colleagues, family and friends," Charpentier said.
Doudna and Charpentier began collaborating after meeting
at a scientific conference in Puerto Rico. In 2012 they had a
paper published in the journal Science.
They proposed CRISPR-Cas9 could be a tool for editing
plant or animal genomes and customized to delete or add specific strands of DNA.

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