FEB 25, 2017 4:36 PM PST

Secrets of the Human Genome - a Killian Lecture From MIT

WRITTEN BY: Carmen Leitch

This video is presented by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, it features the president and founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and MIT's James R. Killian Jr. Faculty Achievement Award winner for 2016-2017, Professor Eric Lander, a geneticist, molecular biologist, and mathematician. He is known for playing a major role in sequencing the human genome.

His lecture gets kicked off around the ninth minute, and he reflects a bit on his long career, mentioning many influential people he met along his journey. Near the 25th minute he gets into the science and the many changes he saw; in the 1980s researchers began to conclusively associate specific gene defects with diseases, and he was around when some of the landmark discoveries were made in the field, such as the discovery of a cystic fibrosis gene. Later his own major paper about the human genome would be published. The tremendous scope of his career makes for interesting reflections and some good anecdotes. It took only 50 years from the Watson Crick discoveries for people to acquire the genetic sequence.

He brings us to the current state of research around the 36th minute; investigators were left without solid answers about the genetic causes of common diseases even after a complete genetic sequence was known. They soon learned that inside each gene, small variations from person to person would help explain how genes contribute to more complex and common disorders. He goes on to provide some current examples in this expansive and intriguing lecture.
About the Author
BS
Experienced research scientist and technical expert with authorships on over 30 peer-reviewed publications, traveler to over 70 countries, published photographer and internationally-exhibited painter, volunteer trained in disaster-response, CPR and DV counseling.
You May Also Like
JAN 05, 2021
Space & Astronomy
Could Earth's Microbes Help Us Find Extraterrestrial Life?
JAN 05, 2021
Could Earth's Microbes Help Us Find Extraterrestrial Life?
As scientists are learning more about microbes existing in the higher echelons of the Earth's atmosphere, they are b ...
APR 09, 2021
Plants & Animals
Celebrating National Pet Day
APR 09, 2021
Celebrating National Pet Day
Sunday, April 11, is National Pet Day! From pandemic companions to viral videos, pets are a huge part of our lives. Even ...
MAY 01, 2021
Space & Astronomy
Small Galaxies Played Key Role in Evolution of the Universe
MAY 01, 2021
Small Galaxies Played Key Role in Evolution of the Universe
Astrophysicists from the University of Minnesota have found evidence for the theory that small galaxies emitting high-en ...
MAY 23, 2021
Space & Astronomy
More Accurate Clocks Create More Disorder in the Universe
MAY 23, 2021
More Accurate Clocks Create More Disorder in the Universe
Physicists at the University of Oxford in the UK have conducted an experiment that suggests the more accurately clocks t ...
MAY 28, 2021
Plants & Animals
Wild Gorillas Adopt Orphaned Babies
MAY 28, 2021
Wild Gorillas Adopt Orphaned Babies
An analysis of over 50 years of data reveals that with the help of their social group, orphaned mountain gorillas do jus ...
JUL 09, 2021
Space & Astronomy
Cluster of Free-Floating Planets Captured by Kepler Telescope
JUL 09, 2021
Cluster of Free-Floating Planets Captured by Kepler Telescope
The Kepler Space Telescope has captured evidence of mysterious free-floating planets, or planets that are alone in deep ...
Loading Comments...