Friday, December 11, 2015 09:00 AM


Paul Modrich of Duke University and Aziz Sancar of UNC-Chapel Hill were a world away from the Triangle on Thursday, collecting this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry in Stockholm, Sweden.

The two share the $960,000 prize with Sweden’s Tomas Lindahl. They were cited for their research into the way cells repair damaged DNA.

Modrich, 69, is the James B. Duke professor of biochemistry at Duke’s medical school and a member of the Duke Cancer Institute. Sancar, 69, is the Sarah Graham Kenan professor of biochemistry at UNC’s medical school.

The Nobel prizes in medicine, physics, chemistry, literature and economics were handed to laureates in the Swedish capital Thursday by Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf.

Meanwhile, this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winners, the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, collected their award in Norway on Thursday, appealing for international cooperation to make the global fight against terrorism a top priority.

Speaking at the awards ceremony in Oslo City Hall, Tunisian labor union leader Houcine Abassi expressed the group’s sorrow and anger at recent “terrorist acts” that killed and injured hundreds. This year, two major assaults on tourists in Tunisia killed 22 people at the Bardo Museum in the capital, Tunis, and 38 at a resort near Sousse.

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