DNA scientists win Nobel Prize for Chemistry

Three scientists won the prize for their work which provides fundamental knowledge on living cells.

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JOHANNESBURG - Three scientists have won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for mapping how cells repair damaged DNA.

The Nobel Assembly has praised Sweden's Thomas Lindahl, US-based Paul Modrich and Turkish-born Aziz Sancar for their work which has provided fundamental knowledge of how a living cell functions and is used for the development of new cancer treatments.

Chemistry is the third of this year's Nobel prizes to be awarded.

The awards are named after dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel and have been awarded since 1901 for achievements in science, literature and peace in accordance with his will.

On Tuesday, the Noble Prize for Physics went to Japan's Takaaki Kajita and Canada's Arthur B McDonald for their discovery that neutrinos, labelled nature's most elusive particles, have mass.