Nobel Prize for CRISPR honors two great scientists – and leaves out many others
October 8, 2020
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(THE CONVERSATION) The gene-editing technique CRISPR earned the 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Recognition of this amazing breakthrough technology is well deserved.
But each Nobel Prize can be awarded to no more than three people, and that's where this year's prize gets really interesting.
The decision to award the prize to Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier involves geopolitics and patent law, and it pits basic science against applied science.
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