The nominating institution Karlsruhe Institute of Technology on the breakthrough:

Puchta is a pioneer who demonstrates that CRISPR/Cas as a site-specific nuclease can be used for restructuring complete plant chromosomes. He elucidated major mechanisms of DNA double strand break repair, and he is one of the leading scientists adopting this CRISPR/Cas technology to plants.

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