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    Sweden's Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich of the United States, and Turkey-born Aziz Sancar were jointly awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for mechanistic studies of DNA repair."

    STOCKHOLM (Sputnik) — Sweden's Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich of the United States, and Turkey-born Aziz Sancar have been awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Wednesday.

    The three scientists were jointly awarded the prize "for mechanistic studies of DNA repair."

    Their work provided fundamental molecular knowledge on how cells repair damaged DNA and safeguard genetic information. The technologies developed from the research pave the way for new cancer treatments.

    The monetary prize of 8 million Swedish krona (almost $970,000 at current exchange rates) will be shared equally between the three laureates.

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    chemistry, DNA, Nobel Prize, Nobel committee, Aziz Sancar, Paul Modrich, Tomas Lindahl
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