Smashing Barriers for all Girls and #WomenInScience – Jennifer Doudna (Nobel Laureate)

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    Let’s all be more like Jennifer Doudna!

    Let’s walk the walk and smash long-standing barriers & stereotypes for all girls and #WomenInScience. #GenerationEquality

    The #NobelPrize in Chemistry has been awarded 112 times to 186 Nobel Laureates. Only 7 of them are #WomenInScience. Here are some words of wisdom from the 2020 Chemistry Laureates!

    Jennifer Doudna & Emmanuelle Charpentier, 2020 Chemistry Laureates, showed us that #WomenInScience change the world.

    Produced By: @UNESCO

    Twitter: @4womeninscience

    Facebook: @forwomeninscience


    Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna will receive the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering one of gene technology’s sharpest tools: the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors. Professor Emmanuelle Charpentier, 2016 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Laureate for Europe and Professor Jennifer Doudna, 2016 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Laureate for North America, each contributed key insights to the development of this ground breaking new technology that has set the scientific world on fire, reinventing genetic research and making it possible to perform microsurgery on DNA, the genetic material of plants, animals and humans. Working in collaboration, the two researchers discovered an easy way to alter any organism’s DNA. Known as CRISPR-Cas9, this genome editing technique enables scientists to remove and add pieces of genetic material with exquisite precision. It can be used to disable genes, correct genetic disorders or to insert genes to create animal models of human disease.

    We are only just beginning to grasp the full impact of this extraordinary new technology. The CRISPR-Cas9 complex is able to home in on a matching sequence with extraordinary precision. It opens completely new possibilities in gene therapy, cell therapy and immunotherapy. It opens new fields in agriculture and biotechnology. It offers new means of developing medicines. It offers the possibility of removing faulty disease-causing DNA, for instance in cells in the lungs of children affected with cystic fibrosis or the muscles of those with some forms of muscular dystrophy. It has already been used to save the life of a child with an incurable form of leukaemia and to improve the sight of patients suffering from retinitis Pigmentosa, a genetic eye disease. And there is much, much more to come.

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