StreeNews salutes the two scientists for their work on “genetic scissors”
Women are making their mark in every field and this was exemplified recently, when the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced to give the Nobel Prize in Chemistry this year to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna for their work on “genetic scissors” that can cut DNA at a precise location, allowing scientists to make specific changes to specific genes.
“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,” the Nobel Committee said while announcing the prize.
The technique, called CRISPR -Cas9, is already being used as a cancer therapy and to cure inherited diseases.
Doudna is a Howard Hughes Investigator at the University of California, Berkeley. Charpentier is with the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens in Berlin.
Between 1901 and 2020, Nobel Prize has been awarded to 185 individuals, and only seven of them have been women.
In an interview with reporters after the award was announced, Charpentier said “I think it’s very important for women to see a clear path. I think the fact that Jennifer Doudna and I were awarded this prize can provide a very strong message for young girls. I am proud of my gender. I think it’s great, especially for younger women, to see this and to see that women’s work can be recognized as much as men’s.”