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Two Women Scientists Receives Nobel Prize In Chemistry For Gene Editing Tool

US-French Duo Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna have received the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of a gene-editing tool. Only five women have won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry previously.

51-years old Emmanuelle and 56 years old Doudna have discovered Crispr-Cas9. Crispr-Cas9 is a powerful gene-editing tool. This breakthrough has allowed researchers to make precise changes in the DNA of an individual.

Professor Emmanuelle, from America, and Professors Jennifer, from France, are the first women to share the prize.

Professor Emmanuelle Charpentier said that she wished that their success will give a positive message to young girls who want to pursue their career in science.

Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna both will share a 10 million Swedish crown ($1.1 million/£864,200) prize.

Professor Tom Welton, president of the Royal Society of Chemistry said that this is a major breakthrough. It will provide major benefits to mankind in the future.

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