Molina speaking about climate change at the Guadalajara International Book Fair in Mexico, Nov. 2018.
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Molina, who died on Oct. 8, ‘thought climate change was the biggest problem in the world long before most people did.’ His research on man-made depletion of the ozone layer won the 1995 Nobel Prize.
Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier receiving the Kavli Prize in 2018.
Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna were awarded the Nobel prize in chemistry for Crispr but they weren’t the only key figures in its development.
American biochemist Jennifer A. Doudna, left, and French microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier were awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for chemistry.
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The tools to rewrite the genetic code to improve crops and livestock, or to treat genetic diseases, has revolutionized biology. A CRISPR engineer explains why this technology won the Nobel, and its potential.
CRISPR enables editing DNA with unprecedented precision.
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Most scientific discoveries these days aren’t easily ascribed to a single researcher. CRISPR is no different – and ongoing patent fights underscore how messy research can be.
M. Stanley Whittingham, John Goodenough and Akira Yoshino.
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M. Stanley Whittingham, John B. Goodenough and Akira Yoshino made the batteries in our pockets possible.
Lithium-ion batteries power lots of different kinds of devices.
The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry rewarded crucial advances in these small, powerful, easy to charge batteries.
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Dorothy Hodgkin’s work on X-ray crystallography made it possible to understand how penicillin, insulin and many other molecules work.
Scientists are now using evolution to create designer proteins for therapies and industrial processes.
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Nature doesn’t always make the things we need so three Nobel Prize winners figured out how to fast-track evolution in the lab to create medicines, biofuels and industrial chemicals for modern life.
Cryo-electron microscopy resolution continues to improve.
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The 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry goes to three scientists who revolutionized biochemistry by inventing a technology that can image the molecules of life without destroying them.