Scientists win chemistry Nobel for harnessing evolution to solve problems

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Scientists Frances Arnold, George Smith, and Gregory Winter won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Chemistry on Wednesday for research using directed evolution to produce enzymes for new chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Arnold, based at Caltech, harnessed evolution to make enzymes more effective at catalyzing chemical reactions. Her work has been applied in brain imaging, biofuels, pharmaceuticals, and the chemical industry.

She will split the $1 million prize with Smith of the University of Missouri and Winter of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in the U.K. They developed ways to make therapeutic antibodies now used to treat autoimmune diseases, anthrax, and cancer.

One committee member said the scientists have “applied the principles of Darwin in the test tube” to solve some of the world’s chemical problems.

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