Nobel Prize in Chemistry for genetic researcher in Germany

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to Emmanuelle Charpentier (France), a genetic researcher working in Germany, and Jennifer A. Doudna (USA). 

Chemie-Nobelpreis an Genforscherin in Deutschland
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Stockholm (dpa) - This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to Emmanuelle Charpentier (France), a genetic researcher currently working in Germany, and Jennifer A. Doudna (USA) for the development of a method for genome editing. This was announced by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm on Wednesday. They have been instrumental in developing the Crispr/Cas9 genetic scissors. Crispr/Cas9 has revolutionised the molecular life sciences, brought new possibilities for plant breeding, is contributing to innovative cancer therapies and may make the dream of curing inherited diseases come true.

Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna have discovered one of gene technology's sharpest tools: the Crispr/Cas9 genetic scissors. Using these, researchers can change the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with extremely high precision, explained the Swedish Academy.

The most prestigious award for chemists is endowed this year with a total of ten million Swedish kronor (around 950,000 euros) - one million kronor more than last year. The ceremonial presentation of the awards traditionally takes place on 10 December, the anniversary of the death of the founder Alfred Nobel.