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Who Owns the Biggest Biotech Discovery of the Century?


Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria

These Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria use a DNA-cutting defense to battle viruses. The system, called CRISPR, is being harnessed to treat human genetic disease.

Credit: Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research

Last month in Silicon Valley, biologists Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier showed up in black gowns to receive the $3 million Breakthrough Prize, a glitzy award put on by Internet billionaires including Mark Zuckerberg.

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