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Francis Mojica claims the role of research in society during the Jaume I Awards

UA researcher and discoverer of the CRISPR system was representing the winners of this year's awards, granted by the regional government

 

Alicante. Monday, 28 November 2016

University of Alicante researcher Francis Mojica was handed, by King Felipe VI, the highest recognition from the regional government in the field of basic research. The Jaume I award recognises the work carried out by Mojica and by the team he leads with the Molecular Microbiology research group, responsible for the discovery of the CRISPR system, which has opened the door to researchers from all over the world in their work on genetic information.

Francis Mojica took part in the ceremony on behalf of the winners of this year's Jaume I awards, which are granted by the Valencia region government. His words were aimed at claiming the role of research and researchers in society and its evolution, which were based on the fact that society in our country is not interested in how a commercial product is being developed or what kind of research work is being carried out. However, this changes when "we manage to transfer this information, making it attractive and understandable", he told to an audience presided over by King Felipe VI.

Francis told us about his intention to reinvest part of the prize in research. He also reminded us the young researchers who have been forced to continue developing their work abroad, and claims to stop the "the brain drain".

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 Source: Spanish Royal Household 

 

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