Turkish scientist gets Nobel Prize in chemistry

Aziz Sancar awarded for work on mechanistic studies of DNA repair with two other scientists

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

A file photo shows that Prof. Dr. Aziz Sancar, 2015 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry is seen during a conference in Ankara, Turkey

A Turkish scientist was among three scientists awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for their work on DNA repair.

Professor Aziz Sancar, of the University of North Carolina in the US was honored with the prize, alongside Sweden's Tomas Lindahl and Paul Modrich of the US, according to the Nobel committee’s website.

Sancar, who is from the southeastern Mardin province of Turkey was awarded for his work in mapping the cells that repair ultraviolet damage to DNA.

The scientists will share the 8 million Swedish kronor ($960,000) prize.