The two researchers have developed a mechanism known as "Crispr/Cas9", or "molecular scissors", capable of modifying human genes. This is a breakthrough discovery that had been recognized in 2016 by the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards.
The last time a Nobel Prize was awarded to a woman only was in 1964.
"The Fondation L’Oréal welcomes this landmark decision and presents its warmest congratulations to Professors Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna. Today, we face unprecedented health, social and economic crises: more than ever the world needs science, and science needs women”
Alexandra Palt, Executive Vice-President of the Fondation L’Oréal.