Prof. Emanuel Charpentier of France and Prof. Jennifer Daoudana of America won the prestigious award • This is the first time that two scientists have shared the award
Prof. Emanuel Sharpantia and Prof. Jennifer A.
Daoudna, winners of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Prof. Emanuel Charpentieri of France and Prof. Jennifer Daoudana of America are the winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2020, the Nobel Prize Committee announced today (Wednesday).
Both biochemists will receive the award for a method they developed for genome editing.
The 2020 #NobelPrize in Chemistry has been awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna "for the development of a method for genome editing."
- The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 7, 2020
This is the first time two women have shared the prestigious award.
The two scientists will share a prize worth 10 million Swedish kronor (about $ 1.2 million) and each of them will receive a gold medal from the Nobel Foundation.
Daoudna, 56, is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
She has prominent studies in the field of crisper and ncRNA.
The 51-year-old carpenter serves as head of the Fax Planck Institute for Pathogens in Berlin, which won alongside Daoudna.
The two won the 2020 Wolf Prize for Medicine earlier this year.
The announcement of the two winners comes a day after the Stockholm Prize Committee announced that the winners of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics were awarded to Roger Penrose, an 89-year-old Jewish physicist from the UK, Rainer Ganzel, a 68-year-old German astrophysicist, and Andrea Getz, a 55-year-old American astronomer. The award for their contribution in deciphering the secrets of black holes.
Penrose will win half the prize for the mathematical proof that blacks are a derivative of Alfred Einstein's theory of relativity, and the other half will be awarded to Gantzl and Getz on astronomical observations of the massive black hole at the center of our galaxy.
"The discoveries of our winners this year have led to a real breakthrough in the study of compressed and super-massive objects, the black holes," said David Howland, chairman of the Physics Prize Committee.
The Nobel Foundation announced on Tuesday that American researchers Harvey Alter and Charles Rice, along with British researcher Michael Hampton, have won the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology following a discovery related to the hepatitis C virus. It is a type of viral hepatitis that can cause significant liver damage.
The three won the award following the discovery of a major source of hepatitis C, which could not be explained by the results of studies on the hepatitis A virus and hepatitis B. "Their research findings led to new blood tests that improved global health," the award committee said.
"Their findings have led to the rapid development of antiviral drugs against hepatitis C, and the disease can now be cured."