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Emmanuelle Charpentier, Jennifer Doudna

The Gruber Foundation at Yale University announced that Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna will receive the 2015 Gruber Genetics Prize. Charpentier, a professor at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Germany, and Doudna, a professor of biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, are co-creators of the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology. 

They will receive the $500,000 award in Baltimore on Oct. 9 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics.

The Scan

Cancer Survival Linked to Mutational Burden in Pan-Cancer Analysis

A pan-cancer paper appearing in JCO Precision Oncology suggests tumor mutation patterns provide clues for predicting cancer survival that are independent of other prognostic factors.

Australian Survey Points to Public Support for Genetic Risk Disclosure in Relatives of At-Risk Individuals

A survey in the European Journal of Human Genetics suggests most adult Australians are in favor of finding out if a relative tests positive for a medically actionable genetic variant.

Study Links Evolution of Stony Coral Skeleton to Bicarbonate Transporter Gene

A PNAS paper focuses on a skeleton-related bicarbonate transporter gene introduced to stony coral ancestors by tandem duplication.

Hormone-Based Gene Therapy to Sterilize Domestic Cat

A new paper in Nature Communication suggests that gene therapy could be a safer alternative to spaying domestic cats.