Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar were awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for "mechanistic studies of DNA repair," the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in a statement on Wednesday.

Annual prizes for achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, peace and literature were established in the will of Alfred Nobel, the Swedish inventor of dynamite, who died in 1896. The prize in economic sciences was added by Sweden’s central bank in 1968. The total amount for each of the 2015 prizes is 8 million kronor ($969,000).

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