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Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded for Genomic Editing Breakthrough

Scientists Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna were honored for their breakthrough work on CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology, despite their research only being published in 2011. 

Nine years is a relatively short amount of time to be considered for a Nobel Prize, but the discovery of "genetic scissors" to sever DNA in specific locations has already had a huge impact on research and medicine.

The moral implications of genetic editing technology have also had lasting consequences to research, with Doudna calling for regulation of the technology to prevent unethical testing on human embryos.

Read more about their award over at NPR.