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Discoverers of Crispr technique share Nobel chemistry prize


Genome-editing method has ‘enormous power’ and has ‘revolutionised’ basic science, committee says

The 2020 Nobel prize for chemistry has been awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna for their work on developing the Crispr-Cas9 genome-editing technique.

Charpentier, founder of the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens in Berlin, published the details of her discovery of the bacterial molecule tracrRNA—used to cut up attacking viruses—in 2011.

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