The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020 is awarded to the IVA Fellow Emmanuelle Charpentier

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020 is awarded to the IVA Fellow Emmanuelle Charpentier, Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens, Berlin, Germany. The award is “for the development of a method for genome editing” and is shared between Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna, University of California, Berkeley, USA.
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Together they have discovered one of gene technology’s sharpest tools, the so called CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors. The scissors make it possible to change the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with extremely high precision. This means a technology that 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.

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Emmanuelle Charpentier has been an international Fellow of IVA since 2017. The breakthrough of the ground-breaking technology of genetic scissors, took place when she was a professor in Umeå in Sweden. In 2018 she visited IVA to talk about the potential of the technology. Read en interview with Emmanuelle Charpentier here.

Photo: Pär Rönnberg