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Otto Warburg Medal for Emmanuelle Charpentier

The 49th medal goes to Emmanuelle Charpentier. The German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM) and its partner Elsevier and Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) honoured the french scientist for developing a method that helps to repair defective DNA sequences.

The scientist’s discovery is a milestone in the field of molecular biology, and will have a long-lasting, positive effect on the life of many people. Emmanuelle Charpentier’s findings can help advance the treatment of genetic or chronic diseases, such as AIDS or cancer. She has proven that bacteria, due to so-called “molecular scissors,” are able to remove the infiltration of genetic material. Emmanuel Charpentier utilizes such a mechanism to develop a molecular biological tool, which acts as a novel approach to treating severe human diseases.

“We are very pleased to award the Otto Warburg Medal to such an important scientist,” states Prof. Johannes Buchner, president of GBM. “Emmanuelle Charpentier’s findings underline the importance of basic research. Only now is the development of new concepts for genome editing possible. This technology will continue to benefit science and we predict its medical application to be possible in the future.”