A Win for Women in Science
In 1987, it was found that CRISPR/Cas9s could protect E.coli from infection by viruses. In 2012, one of the most pivotal tools in molecular research was born: The CRISPR/Cas9 Genetic Scissors. The female pair, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna discovered that the CRISPR/Cas9 mechanism, originally found in bacteria, could be transformed into a genetic tool, allowing for “cutting and pasting” of any type of DNA. What used to be tedious, time-consuming, and near-impossible work was now made easy. By using these genetic scissors, scientists can modify DNA with accuracy, leading to breakthroughs in disease research, new medical treatments, and even crop optimization for farmers. This incredible work deservingly earned them the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
It is estimated that women make up only 28% of the workforce in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Despite this fact, women are an important and necessary part of this field. They offer a contrasting and innovative perspective, advocate for the unique needs of women, especially in healthcare, and can boost the global economy by filling the surplus of specialized STEM jobs available.
As an organization driven by sharp female minds, MEDUCOM is pleased to see inspiring women in science recognized for their efforts!