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Creators of gene ‘scissors’ clinch Nobel as women sweep chemistry

By Niklas Pollard and Douglas Busvine

STOCKHOLM/BERLIN (Reuters) – Two scientists won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday for creating genetic ‘scissors’ that can rewrite the code of life, contributing to new cancer therapies and holding out the prospect of curing hereditary diseases.

Emmanuelle Charpentier, who is French, and American Jennifer Doudna share the 10 million Swedish crown ($1.1 million) prize for developing the CRISPR/Cas9 tool to edit the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with precision.

“The ability to cut the DNA where you want has revolutionized the life sciences,” Pernilla Wittung Stafshede of the Swedish Academy of Sciences told an award ceremony.

Charpentier, 51, and Doudna, 56, become the sixth and seventh women to win a Nobel for chemistry, joining Marie Curie, who won in 1911, and more recently, Frances Arnold, in 2018.

It is the first time since 1964, when Britain’s Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin alone

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What Is Biden Beauty? What to Know About the Mystery Brand’s Products and Creators

With the election quickly approaching, it’s more important than ever to register to vote if you haven’t already and create voting plans and back-up plans (you can still vote in person if your mail-in ballot arrives late or has an error, after all). It’s also a great time to donate to the political campaigns and organizations you care deeply for. To further encourage that, an anonymous group of people in the beauty industry has gathered to create a brand that revolves around an unlikely influencer: Joe Biden.

You read that correctly: Biden Beauty, a Joe Biden-themed makeup brand, debuted online on September 30. The brand is not officially tied to the Biden/Harris presidential campaign but does aim to raise money in support of it. One hundred percent of the proceeds from its first product launch will be donated to the Democratic National Committee, which aids Democratic political candidates like

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