Nobel Chemistry Prize winners: Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich, Aziz Sancar

Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modric and Aziz Sancar shared the chemistry Nobel on Wednesday, “for having mapped, at a molecular level, how cells repair damaged DNA and safeguard the genetic information.” The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in a statement that their work “has provided fundamental knowledge of how a living cell functions and is, for instance, used for the developments of new cancer treatments.”
DNA was once thought to be an extremely stable molecule, but Lindahl showed that it decays at a rapid rate. Sancar mapped nucleotide excision repari, “the mechanism that cells use to repair UV damage to DNA,” according to the Academy. Modric, meanwhile, “demonstrated how the cell corrects errors that occur when DNA is replicated during cell division.”
The trio will share the 8 million kroner prize purse, dw.de informs.
On Thursday, the Nobel Prize for Literature will be awarded. The main event, the Nobel Peace Prize, will be awarded on Friday in Oslo, when the successor to Malala Yousafzai as the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize laureate will be named. Some consider German Chancellor Angela Merkel a frontrunner. Finally, next Monday, the Nobel economic laureate will top off this year’s set.

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