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Scientists win Nobel chemistry prize for ‘genetic scissors’

Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A Doudna will share the prize for genome editing method

Two scientists have been awarded the 2020 Nobel prize in chemistry for the discovery of the CRISPR genetic scissors used to edit the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with extremely high precision.

Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A Doudna will share the 10m Swedish kronor (£870,000) prize announced on Wednesday by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.

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