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Physical Bioscientist Jennifer Doudna Wins Lurie Prize

Jennifer Doudna, a biochemist with the Physical Biosciences Division whose scientific career has focused on unraveling the mysteries of RNA, has won the 2014 Lurie Prize in the Biomedical Sciences, awarded by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. Doudna was recognized for her ground-breaking research into CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats), a central RNA-based component of the bacterial immune system involved in genome editing and gene-regulation, that has become a powerful new tool for synthetic biology. The Lurie Prize comes with a medal and a $100,000 honorarium, which Doudna will receive at a ceremony on May 20 in Washington, D.C. More>