The Protein Society applauds and congratulates Jennifer A. Doudna of the University of California, Berkeley, and Emmanuelle Charpentier, of the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens, in Berlin, on their shared 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for the development of a method for genome editing.” Jennifer Doudna is the 2013 Hans Neurath Awardee and Emmanuelle Charpentier spoke at the 30th Annual Symposium in 2016. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences noted their work harnessed an ancient mechanism of bacterial immunity and turned it into a powerful and general technology for editing genomes, with wide-ranging implications across biology and medicine. This is the first time a science Nobel has been awarded to two women. Doudna and Charpentier are the sixth and seventh women to win Nobel prizes in chemistry, joining Marie Curie – in 1911, Irène Joliot-Curie in 1935, Dorothy Hodgkin in 1964, Ada Yonath in 2009, and Frances Arnold in 2018.

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