2 women won the Nobel for CRISPR, but the battle for its patent rages on

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Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier won the Nobel Prize for figuring out how to use biological mechanisms to edit genes, but an ongoing legal battle makes their win complicated. This week Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier were awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for developing a process to edit DNA known as CRISPR Cas-9. But the announcement, which comes amid a years-long battle over who owns the methodology to make genomic edits, is bittersweet. Read Full Story

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The women who developed CRISPR just won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

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Research by the scientists awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry today has the potential to change the course of humanity—and even make literal unicorns a reality. The two women who developed the CRISPR gene-editing technique have won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Nobel Committee announced today. The French scientist Emmanuelle Charpentier and American scientist Jennifer A. Doudna were awarded the world’s most prestigious science recognition “for the development of a method for genome editing.” It’s the first time that two women have shared the Nobel Prize. Read Full Story

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The fans’ guide to the epic Verzuz dogfight between DMX and Snoop

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The two rap icons, who both emerged in the early 1990s, face off in a friendly battle that’ll also be the first to simulcast on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio. It’s the battle of the dogs for the next edition of Verzuz. Snoop Dogg and DMX will have a friendly face-off and make internet history as part of the first Verzuz battle to be simulcast live on Apple Music and Beats 1. Apple Music announced on Monday that it’s now an exclusive Verzuz partner. Moving forward, battles will live-stream on Apple Music and Beats 1 at the same time as they do on the Verzuz Instagram, so everyone can still spectate for free as per usual. Read Full Story

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Architecture’s top prize finally acknowledges women designers

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Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara have been awarded the prestigious Pritzker Prize. Until this year, only three women had won the award. Women have developed an intimate understanding of the spaces we occupy, thanks to the expectations patriarchy has placed upon us. Given how closely women have been associated with the domestic space in particular, it’s hardly surprising that some of the strongest interior designers—and architects—have not been men. From Greta Magnusson Grossman’s functional midcentury furniture to Zaha Hadid’s undulating facades, women’s design has pushed boundaries and shattered conventions, even when the industry often lets those efforts go unrecognized. Case in point: In the Pritzker Architecture Prize’s 41-year history, only three women have won. Until this year. Read Full Story

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2020 Congressional races see historic victories for women of color, Indigenous, and LGBTQ candidates

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Uncertainty over Trump and Biden aside, this year’s House election winners included a number of history-making firsts. We may not know the final outcome of the presidential election for days (dare we say weeks?). But at this point, we know that candidates who won seats in Congress are making the legislative body more equitably representative of women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ lawmakers. Read Full Story

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