Jennifer Doudna, a biochemist in the Lab’s Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging Division and the inventor of a revolutionary gene-editing tool, was named one of five laureates of the 2016 L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Awards in the field of life sciences. The awards are given annually to one female scientist from each of five continents; Doudna, the laureate from North America, is joined by European laureate Emmanuelle Charpentier. Doudna and Charpentier together discovered a unique technique used by bacteria to cut and kill viral DNA, and reengineered this system to cut any type of DNA, including human. Each laureate will receive €100,000 and all will be honored at a ceremony on March 24, 2016, at the Sorbonne University’s Grand Amphitheatre in Paris. Read more in Berkeley News.
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