Stockholm/Berlin — Two female scientists won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday for creating genetic “scissors” that can rewrite the code of life, contributing to new cancer therapies and holding out the prospect of curing hereditary diseases.

Emmanuelle Charpentier, who is French, and American Jennifer Doudna share the 10-million Swedish krona ($1.1m) prize for developing the CRISPR/Cas9 tool to edit the DNA of animals, plants and micro-organisms with precision...

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