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Turkish-born Aziz Sancar reacts to news of Nobel win

Wednesday, October 07, 2015 - 01:34

University of North Carolina scientist Aziz Sancar, among three scientists to win the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, says he hopes the world can come to a ''scientific'' approach to peace in Syria. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: University of North Carolina scientist Aziz Sancar was one of three men to win the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry on Wednesday (October 7) for working out how cells repair damaged DNA, providing new ammunition in the war on cancer. Sancar said he had been inundated by calls but his immediate plans were to shower, shave and go to his lab. The native of Turkey also thanked the University of North Carolina for hiring him years and ago and made a special plea for a "scientific" approach to solving the crisis in Syria. Detailed understanding of DNA damage has helped drive a revolution in cancer treatment as researchers develop new drugs that target specific molecular pathways used by tumor cells to proliferate. The 8 million Swedish crowns ($969,000) chemistry prize is the third of this year's Nobels. Previous winners of the chemistry prize have included Ernest Rutherford, Marie Curie and Linus Pauling.

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Turkish-born Aziz Sancar reacts to news of Nobel win

Wednesday, October 07, 2015 - 01:34