Emmanuel Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna bag the Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2020
- India Vahini News / A S DSilva
Oct 07 2020
Finally, the Nobel prize for Chemistry has been unveiled and two leading scientists are taking this prize for their generous contribution to science and Chemistry. The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been granted to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna "for the development of a method for genome editing", the Nobel Committee announced on 7 October. This information was also given by the official twitter handle of 'The Nobel Prize'.
The statement said, "Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. 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. This technology has had a revolutionary impact on the life sciences, is contributing to new cancer therapies and may make the dream of curing inherited diseases come true." In 2019, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was conferred to John B. Goodenough of the United States, M. Stanley Whittingham of the United Kingdom, and Akira Yoshino of Japan for the development of lithium-ion batteries.
The Nobel Prize jury has been granting achievements in various fields since 1901, in accordance with the will of Swedish dynamite tycoon Alfred Nobel. The famous chemist's drive to support the sciences and advancement of humanity began after he found out that his seminal invention, dynamite, was used as a tool of war instead of its original intended purpose of mining. The prize fund for the award, about $900,000 per award, is still primarily funded by the fortune he left behind.