Gene-editing tool's pioneers win Israel's Wolf Prize

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Two global pioneers of modern gene-editing technology have been awarded Israel's prestigious Wolf Prize in medicine.

The Wolf Foundation said on Monday that it was recognizing Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier for their work in developing the gene-editing tool CRISPR.

Their research has “the potential to revolutionize medicine by paving the way to finding new forms of treatment for currently incurable diseases," the foundation said.

Gene editing is a way to permanently change DNA to attack the root causes of a disease.

The foundation says Doudna is also being recognized for her contribution to the ethical discourse surrounding this technology's use.