Charpentier and Doudna win 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

STOCKHOLM, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Scientists Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna won the 2020 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for the development of a method for genome editing, the award-giving body said on Wednesday.

“Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna have discovered one of gene technology’s sharpest tools: the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in a statement on awarding the 10 million Swedish crown ($1.1 million) prize.

“This technology has had a revolutionary impact on the life sciences, is contributing to new cancer therapies and may make the dream of curing inherited diseases come true.” ($1 = 8.9372 Swedish crowns)

Reporting by Niklas Pollard; additional reporting Simon Johnson, Anna Ringstrom, Supantha Mukherjee, Colm Fulton and Johannes Hellstrom; Editing by Alison Williams