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Nobel prizes highlight Li Ka-shing's role in scientific research

Hong Kong tycoon's foundation backed winners in chemistry and medicine

Jennifer A. Doudna, who on Oct. 7 shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and Li Ka-shing in Hong Kong in 2014. (Courtesy of the Li Ka Shing Foundation)

HONG KONG -- Li Ka-shing may have dropped out of school at age 12, but that lack of educational achievement did not stop Hong Kong's richest man from playing a role in the success of two Nobel Prize laureates announced this week.

Jennifer A. Doudna, who on Wednesday won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing a critical genome-editing technology, is a professor at the Li Ka Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, where she also chairs the faculty.

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