American Chemical Society’s president comments on award of 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2020 — On behalf of the American Chemical Society (ACS), President Luis Echegoyen, Ph.D., congratulates today’s winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Emmanuelle Charpentier, Ph.D., Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens (Germany) and Jennifer A. Doudna, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the prize “for the development of a method for genome editing.”

“Today’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry recognizes CRISPR-Cas9, a super-selective and precise gene-editing tool where chemistry plays an incredibly important role,” says Echegoyen. “This discovery, originally derived from a natural defense mechanism in bacteria against viruses, will have untold applications in treating and curing genetic diseases and fighting cancer, as well as impacts on agricultural and other areas. The future for this technique is indeed bright and promising.”

Doudna has been a member of ACS for 21 years. She has published articles in some of ACS’

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Akwaeke Emezi, who became the first non-binary transgender author to be nominated for the Women’s prize in 2019, has said that they will not let their future novels be entered for the award after the prize asked them for information on their sex as defined “by law”.

When Emezi made the running for the Women’s prize last year for their debut novel, Freshwater, judges said they were not aware of Emezi’s gender when reading submissions and described their longlisting as a “historic moment”.

But on Monday, Emezi said their publisher, Faber, had asked them if they wanted their second novel, The Death of Vivek Oji, to be submitted for the prize this year. Following the life and untimely death of a protagonist who tells his friends that they can “refer to him as either she or he, that he was both”, The Death of Vivek Oji was praised in the

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Trump scores third nomination for Nobel Peace Prize; law professors hail ‘Trump Doctrine’

A group of four Australian law professors has reportedly nominated President Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize, marking his third nomination for the prestigious award ahead of the November election.

One of the professors, David Flint, explained to Sky News during an interview Monday that the U.S. president’s “Trump Doctrine,” or his foreign policy approach, was primarily what earned the nomination.

“The ‘Trump Doctrine’ something extraordinary, as so many things that Donald Trump does,” Mr. Flint said. “He’s guided by two things which seem to be absent from so many politicians: He has firstly common sense, and he is only guided by a national interest, and therefore, in our circumstances, an interest in the Western alliance.

“And what he has done with the Trump Doctrine is that he has decided that he would no longer have America involved in endless wars,” he continued, “wars which achieve nothing but the killing

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On Monday President Donald Trump was nominated for the third time this year for a 2021 Noble Peace Prize. The nomination came courtesy of Australian law professors praising the “Trump Doctrine” against endless wars.



Donald Trump standing in front of a building: US President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing at the White House September 27, 2020, in Washington, DC.


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US President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing at the White House September 27, 2020, in Washington, DC.

While speaking with Sky News in Australia, law professor David Flint explained why he decided to nominate Trump.

“The Trump Doctrine is something extraordinary, as so many things that Donald Trump does. He is guided by two things, which seem to be absent from so many politicians. He has firstly common sense and he is only guided by a national interest, and therefore, in our circumstances, an interest in the Western alliance,” Flint said. “What he has done with the Trump Doctrine is that he has decided that he would no longer have America involved

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