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Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded for mapping DNA repair

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to three scientists for their work on mapping how cells repair damaged DNA. 

They are Tomas Lindahl from the Francis Crick Institute, Paul Modrich of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Duke University and Aziz Sancar, of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

“Their work has provided fundamental knowledge of how a living cell functions and is, for instance, used for the development of new cancer treatments,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in a statement.

The scientists had mapped fundamental processes at the molecular level that explain why we are not “a chemical chaos”, the Academy said.

Lindahl is the 29th native of Sweden to become a Nobel laureate.

 

Bill Condie

Bill Condie

Bill Condie is a science journalist based in Adelaide, Australia.

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