The Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Bio-Medical Research

 2017 Prize Recipients      Emanuelle Charpentier, Ph.D.     Jennifer A. Doudna, Ph.D.     Luciano Marraffini, Ph.D.     Francisco Juan Martínez Mojica, Ph.D.     Feng Zhang, Ph.D.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Five researchers have received the annual Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research for their roles in developing a gene-editing tool that lets scientists alter the DNA of living cells. 

The Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Bio-Medical Research will officially be awarded May 11th in Albany, but the winners of the prize have already been announced. Drs. James Darnell junior and Robert Roeder both with the Rockefeller University in New York City will share the award of $500,000, which is the largest monetary award in the U.S., second only to the Nobel Prize. Both men are being honored for their work to unlock the secrets of DNA, and RNA processing, that is how cells express their genetic information. WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke with both men, beginning with Dr.