Werner Arber

Werner Arber is a microbiologist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1978 for his work in molecular genetics.

Synopsis

Werner Arber's research was on the action of protective enzymes present in the bacteria infected by viruses, which modify the DNA of the infecting virus. He and two colleagues were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for 1978. They were cited specifically for the discovery and application of enzymes that break the giant molecules of DNA into manageable, and recognizable, pieces.

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