Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded to Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar for DNA Studies

Sweden Nobel Prize
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American scientists Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar and Sweden's Tomas Lindahl won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for work on mapping how cells repair damaged DNA, the award-giving body said on Wednesday, NBC News reported.

"Their work has provided fundamental knowledge of how a living cell functions," the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in a statement awarding the 8 million Swedish crowns ($969,000).

Their findings have been used for the development of new cancer treatments, among other things, the academy said. 

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