Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020

The Nobel Prize—in Chemistry—went to Jennifer Doudna of UC Berekeley and Emmanuelle Charpentier at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin.

The prize went for the CRISPR/Cas9 system of gene editing and was a tremendous accomplishment in biology and chemistry. It promises a lot, including curing human genetic disease.

Remember, Nobel Prizes in science are designed to reward those who made discoveries potentially helping humanity, not those who just made general scientific advances.

In the 120 years of Nobel prizes in medicine, physics and chemistry, prizes were awarded 599 times to men and 23 times to women.

“For too long, many many discoveries made by women have been underplayed and they have simply not been recognized. The under representation of women in science has been too clear.”

~ American Chemistry Society President Luis Echegoyen, a chemistry professor at the University of Texas El Paso.

Btw this is the first time two women have shared a science Nobel Prize. Go women in STEM!

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