Dr. Jeffrey Boore opens the fall 2009 BioForum with an overview of the structure and function of DNA and the history of scientific efforts to sequence genomes of many organisms, including humans. He also looks at the future of genomic research and its potential impacts on our understanding of genetics.
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Dr. Jeffrey Boore is Chief Executive Officer of Genome Project Solutions, Inc. and Associate Adjunct Professor at University of California, Berkeley. Jeffrey Boore began his comparative genomics work over two decades ago by sequencing, interpreting, and comparing the mitochondrial genomes of many animal groups, and has continued by working on both plastid and whole nuclear genomes.
He has had academic appointments at the University of Michigan and UC Berkeley, was Head of Evolutionary Genomics at the DOE Joint Genome Institute, and is CEO of Genome Project Solutions, Inc. He has led several whole genome sequencing projects, including those of the crustacean Daphnia pulex, the moss Physcomitrella patens, and the oomycete agent of Sudden Oak Death Syndrome, Phytophthora sojae.
His contributions have included the use of gene rearrangements for uncovering ancient evolutionary relationships, the demonstration that the vertebrate genome arose by two rounds of whole genome duplication, and the creation of software for doing whole genome evolutionary analysis.
Brian Simison is Head & Curator of the Center for Comparative Genomics at the California Academy of Science.
He is examining the evolution and systematics of limpets and the mechanisms of vicariance, dispersal and speciation.
Dr. Jeffrey Boore explains how unlocking the human genome sequence has dramatically reduced the amount of time it takes researchers to single out disease causing genes. Previously, it would often take a team of scientists over a decade to identify a specific gene.