In 2012, the collaborators discovered that the bacterial Cas9 protein can be easily programmed to cut DNA at any location, enabling researchers across the globe to use this tool as a revolutionary method for genome editing. The award comes with a monetary prize, certificate, and gold medal, to be presented at an upcoming award ceremony in Tokyo.
The Japan Prize organizers did a fascinating Q&A with the honorees, which covers applications of genome editing, CRISPR basics, what it’s like to be a scientist, and more. Watch the whole playlist below:
Doudna awarded Japan Prize for invention of CRISPR gene editing
Berkeley News | Robert Sanders | February 2, 2017