The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to Crispr for DNA editing

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to Crispr for DNA editing

The coveted award for 2020 to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna “for the development of the genome editing method”

(image: Getty Images) We have reached the third day of the Nobel week , the day dedicated to chemistry. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has just pronounced itself awarding the coveted award for the year 2020 to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna "for the development of a genome editing method", for the Crispr / Cas9 technique.

BREAKING NEWS:

The 2020 #NobelPrize in Chemistry has been awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna "for the development of a method for genome editing." pic.twitter.com/CrsnEuSwGD

- The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 7, 2020



A simple, elegant, effective and powerful method, which gives the possibility for scientists to modify the DNA of cells in ways hitherto precluded, with the ambition of being able to intervene to treat, for example, genetic diseases or tumors.

Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna were according to the 'Swedish Academy protagonists of the development of the Crispr / Cas9 technique for DNA editing: from the discovery of a sort of primordial immune system of bacterial cells to defend against viruses to the intuition of its potential and applications, up to its optimization as a method of laboratory.

Browse gallery In 2019 the Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded to John B Goodenough, M Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino, who were awarded the prestigious award "for the development of lithium ion batteries", dis durable, rechargeable, lightweight positives that store energy from renewable sources and that have had a great impact on the world.

After the Nobel Prize in medicine to the discovery of the hepatitis C virus, the one for hole physics and the one for chemistry just announced, tomorrow will be the turn of the Nobel Prize in literature. The week will close on Friday with the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize, while next Monday (12 October 2020) the recognition for the economy will be conferred.



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