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Interview with Nobel Laureate and Caltech chemistry professor Frances Arnold




Co-laureate of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry US chemical engineer Frances Arnold, poses with her Nobel Prize during the Award ceremony 2018 on December 10, 2018 at the Concert Hall in Stockholm, Sweden.
Co-laureate of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry US chemical engineer Frances Arnold, poses with her Nobel Prize during the Award ceremony 2018 on December 10, 2018 at the Concert Hall in Stockholm, Sweden.
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This year’s nobel prize winner in chemistry was awarded to Frances H. Arnold for her work in the directed evolution of enzymes. She is the fifth woman to be a Nobel Laureate in chemistry in its 117-year history.

Arnold first pioneered “Directed Evolution” in the early 1990s. Now, the technique is widely used in laboratory settings to make everything from laundry detergent to renewable fuels. She shares the award with George P. Smith of the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Arnold recently returned from the Nobel presentation held in Stockholm, Sweden on December 10th. She joins Larry to discuss her research and experience being lauded.

Guest:

Frances H. Arnold, professor of chemical engineering, bioengineering and biochemistry at Caltech; she won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry; she tweets @francesarnold