The French Scientist Who Also ‘Discovered’ CRISPR is Finally Recognized with a Prize too

02/11/2015 - 3 minutes

So, we all know the CRISPR Success story with Emmanuelle Charpentier & Jennifer Doudna, who have received multiple awards and constant celebration of their pioneering work in 2012. However, what about the guy who really first described the CRISPR-Cas9 mechanism all the way back in 2007? Finally, he gets some recognition too.

dupontLogoSenior DuPont scientist Philippe Horvath is currently based in Dangé-Saint-Romain (France). Now his work published on the CRISPR-Cas9 system in Prokaryotes back in 2007 (summary by The Scientist here) has finally been more appropriately recognized for its value in the Gene-Editing tech-o-sphere.

Being awarded the Massry Prize 2015 of $40,000 (made even more slight due to joint-position with Charpentier & Doudna) has therefore had more value in bringing his work further into the spotlight. The award was presented to the winners on Friday (Oct 31st) in Los Angeles (US).

The CRISPR discovery is complicated and confusing,

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