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Francis Mojica receives the Albany Prize, America's most distinguished Prize in Medicine

The five researchers awarded, other than the discoverer of CRISPR, are Emmanuelle Charpentier, Jennifer Doudna, Luciano Marraffini and Feng Zhang

 

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Alicante. Tuesday, 15 August 2017

University of Alicante scientist Francis Mojica has been one of the five selected candidates to receive the Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research for 2017, the most prestigious award in the United States and one of the most important in Medicine and Biomedical research worldwide.

The five researchers awarded this year, other than the discoverer of CRISPR, are Emmanuelle Charpentier, Jennifer Doudna, Luciano Marraffini and Feng Zhang.

According to an official statement from the Albany Medical Center in New York, the role of these five researchers in the creation of a remarkable gene editing system that has been hailed as the “discovery of the century,” has been highlighted as recognition of their standing.   

The award recognises the importance of the contributions that have been made by the five award-winners in the development of CRISPR-Cas9, a genetic engineering technology that takes advantage of a natural process in the bacterial immune system. Technology has been turned upside down in the field of biomedical research and has provided new hope for the treatment of diseases, especially those involving genetics.

The award ceremony for the Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research will take place on 27 September 2017 in Albany, New York.

 

Full text of the statement by the Albany Medical Center (PDF)

 

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