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5th Victor A. McKusick Lecture, Genomics: From Medicine to the Environment

Johns Hopkins Medicine
Media Relations and Public Affairs
Media Contact: Audrey Huang
Nov. 9, 2006


5th Victor A. McKusick Lecture
Genomics: From Medicine to the Environment

J. Craig Venter, Ph.D.
Chairman & CEO, J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Md.

4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7
Wood Basic Science Building Auditorium
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
725 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore, MD 21205

J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., the man widely credited with launching the race to sequence the humCraig Venteran genome, is the speaker for the annual McKusick Lecture sponsored by the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins. Venter is founder and president of the J. Craig Venter Institute and the J. Craig Venter Science Foundation, not-for-profit research and support organizations dedicated to human genomic research, to exploration of social and ethical issues in genomics and to seeking alternative energy solutions through microbial sources. He and his team at the Venter Institute have recently focused on identifying the medical and environmental potential of more than 1 million new genes found from shotgun sequencing of organisms in the Sargasso Sea, the sequencing and analysis of the dog genome and so-called synthetic biology.

In 1992, under Venter, The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) decoded for the first time the genome of a free-living organism, the bacterium Haemophilus influenzae. In 1998, Venter established Celera Genomics to sequence the human genome, racing against the clock and a government-sponsored human genome project using radically different techniques. Celera also has sequenced the fruit fly, mouse and rat genomes.

The McKusick Lecture was established by the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at Hopkins to honor McKusick's contributions to science, medicine, teaching and patient care. A 1946 graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, McKusick has spent his entire career at Hopkins as a quintessential physician-scientist. He is widely acknowledged as the founder of genetic medicine.

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