Posted: May 25, 2016 1:02 am
by DougC

B.B.C. Article
US engineer Frances Arnold has won the Millennium Technology Prize for pioneering "directed evolution".


By driving a sped-up version of natural selection in the lab, the method has created new enzymes for industrial catalysts, household detergents, and even to make rocket fuel from sugar.
The €1m (£0.8m) prize is awarded biennially and Prof Arnold is the first female winner in its 12-year history.
It recognises developments that "change people's lives for the better".
The Technology Academy Finland, which presents the prize, said the deliberations began in November 2015 but that "there was only one outstanding candidate".