How the CRISPR gene-editing tool became a scientific breakthrough

Illustrating how to edit genes - Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna are this year’s Nobel Laureates for Chemistry

This year’s Nobel Prize for Chemistry has gone to ingenious duo Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna who have come up with one of the most important scientific breakthroughs of the last decade - a “simple” way of editing genes. The work of these Laureates could change the face of medicine, agriculture and well, everything… 

What is e CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing?

"Is a type of gene-editing technology that lets scientists more rapidly and accurately 'cut' and 'paste' genes into DNA. It is based on a targeted DNA-destroying defence system originally found in certain prokaryotes."

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