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Nobel Prize In Chemistry: Why DNA Repair Matters

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded for DNA repair—and it's already changing how we treat cancer

Oct 09, 2015 at 3:04 PM ET

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was recently awarded to three scientists who figured out how DNA repair works at the molecular level. Between the barrage of UV radiation and environmental contaminants that damage our DNA every day, it’s a mystery why genetic disorders and cancers aren’t even more common. The scientists behind this year’s Nobel solved that puzzle, and informed decades of cancer and anti-aging research. Here’s why it matters: