Is the Nobel Prize a Dream-Machine? Governing CRISPR/Cas9

In remarks published shortly after the announcement that the 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry would be awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna for developing the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technique, Global Observatory director Sheila Jasanoff offered comments on the significance of this accolade.

Less well recognized is the role of the Nobel Prize as a dream-machine: an honor for high professional achievement that also persuades laypeople to regard scientific discoveries as seductive openings into new worlds of possibility.

Sheila Jasanoff

Jasanoff’s comments were published in the newsletter of the Robert Bosch Academy.