The Nano Lectures: Eric Lander

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The Nano-Lectures: Eric Lander


 

Eric Lander, founder and director of the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research; director of the Broad Institute; one of the key pioneers in mapping and sequencing the entire human genome.
Photo: Margaret Hart.

TOPIC: The Genome

Complete technical description in TWENTY-FOUR (24) SECONDS: Human Genome Project: Biology’s Moonshot. Fifteen years, six countries, twenty centers. Three billion dollars, three billion letters. One dollar per letter – such a deal!

Twenty-three chromosomes. Supposed to contain 100,000 genes . Turns out to only have 30,000 genes — or maybe 25,000. But it could be 40,000 — check back with us next year.

Said to have the answer to everything, absolutely everything. Diabetes, Asthma, Cancer, Evolution, Populations, Migrations, Life, Death, Taxes. Even the Boston Red Sox.

The only problem is: there’s no index.

Clear summary that anyone can understand, in SEVEN (7) WORDS: Genome: Bought the book; hard to read.

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