Studies of space, hearing and DNA attract $1 million awards

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NEW YORK (AP) - Seven scientists will share awards for studying the birthplace of stars, the mechanisms of hearing and a widely used tool for editing DNA.

Each of the three Kavli Prizes comes with $1 million. The winners were announced Wednesday after their selection by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. They will receive their awards in September in Oslo.

Three researchers, from the United States and France, shared the neuroscience prize for studying how cells of the inner ear turn sound into electrical impulses for the brain to interpret.

The astrophysics prize goes to a Dutch scientist for research into the chemistry of interstellar clouds, where stars form.

The third award goes to three scientists, from the United States and Lithuania, for developing a faster and simpler way to alter DNA.



 
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