Dr. Jennifer Doudna Shares 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Dr. Jennifer Doudna, Bates College honorary degree recipient and 2019 commencement speaker, will share the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her pioneering work with the gene editing system CRISPR/Cas. This year’s prize, awarded for a technology that is less than 10 years old, makes Dr. Doudna one of only seven women to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
This Fall, more than 50 students are working with Dr. Martin Kruse, Bates College Assistant Professor of Biology and Neuroscience, in his course “Gene Editing in Biology and Neuroscience”. In this class “students analyze how genome editing techniques such as CRISPR/Cas9 have evolved, how they can be applied to study the role of individual genes or to alter mutant genes, and what approaches exist for the delivery of DNA-modifying enzymes into an organism.”
To learn more about Dr. Doudna’s amazing contribution, you might enjoy:
- Gene editing tool CRISPR wins the chemistry Nobel (Science News: 10/7/2020)
- A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution (Jennifer Doudna and Samuel H. Sternberg , 2017)