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Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded to 2 Female Scientists

Image Source: nobelprize.org / © Nobel Media. Ill. Niklas Elmehed.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was jointly awarded on Wednesday to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna for their work on Crispr-Cas9, a method to edit DNA. The announcement marks the first time the award has gone to two women.

Dr. Charpentier and Dr. Doudna, only the sixth and seventh women in history to win a chemistry prize, did much of the pioneering work to turn molecules made by microbes into a tool for customizing genes — whether in microbes, plants, animals or even humans.

Recently, the Nobel Prize in Physics 2020 was divided and half was jointly awarded to Andrea Ghez and Reinhard Genzel for for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy, another incredible achievement for women.

Read more about this story by Katherin J. Wu and Elian Peltier at The New York Times by clicking here.

Read the full press release by The Nobel Prize by clicking here.

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