Nobel prize in chemistry awarded to three DNA repair researchers

Nobel prize in chemistry awarded to three DNA repair researchers

Nobel prize in chemistry awarded to three DNA repair researchers

Written by Staff Writer

08 Oct, 2015 | 10:14 am

The Nobel prize in chemistry was awarded on Wednesday to three scientists who discovered how cells repair damaged DNA.

The three Nobel laureates in chemistry announced by the Nobel Committee of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences are Swedish scientist Tomas Lindahl of the Francis Crick Institute and Clare Hall Laboratory in the UK, American scientist Paul Modrich of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Duke University School of Medicine, and Turkish American scientist Aziz Sancar of the University of North Carolina.

“These three laureates now have discovered the mechanism of damage and also discovered how the cell continually repair the DNA, maintains the DNA in the cell,” said Torleif Hard, professor with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Hard added that the three scientists’ discovery makes the cure of genetic diseases and cancer possible in the future.

“Research on DNA repair is important for the development of cancer drug, for instance. It’s important for understanding the development of cancer, why does it occur. Potentially this type of research can be used to correct genetic diseases,” he said.

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