2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Goes to NIH Grantees

National Institute of Health (NIH) grantees received the 2015 Nobel Prize in chemistry.

Paul Modrich, of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Duke University School of Medicine, and Aziz Sancar, of the University of North Carolina, received the award for their work on “mapping, at a molecular level, how cells repair damaged DNA and safeguard the genetic information.”

NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences funded their research.

The official Nobel Prize website also notes a third recipient, Tomas Lindahl, affiliated with the Francis Crick Institute and Clare Hall Laboratory, both in the U.K.

“This basic understanding about cell function has led to the discovery of the causes of genetic conditions associated with cancer and is being used to develop new cancer treatments. NIH is proud to have supported this work,” NIH Director Francis S. Collins said in a statement.

According to a news release, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said their work on DNA repair “has provided fundamental knowledge of how a living cell functions.”

NIH is the nation’s medical research agency located in Bethesda that includes 27 institutes and centers part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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