Science Talk

Genetic scissors from bacteria, a tool to slice and dice code of life

It can make precise changes to DNA, and has potential to cure diseases

French microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier (far left) and US professor Jennifer Doudna at a painting exhibition by children about the genome in Oviedo, Spain, in 2015.
French microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier (far left) and US professor Jennifer Doudna at a painting exhibition by children about the genome in Oviedo, Spain, in 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS

"When will YOU win a Nobel Prize?"

Scientists receive regular reminders of how important this prize is in their relatives' (and the public's) mind. For many, the Nobel Prize is their idea of science.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 17, 2020, with the headline 'Genetic scissors from bacteria, a tool to slice and dice code of life'. Print Edition | Subscribe