Professor Christofer Toumazou, Chief Scientist of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Circuit Design at Imperial College London, CEO DNA Electronics Ltd, CEO Toumaz Holdings Ltd. speaking at G8 Innovation Conference on 14th June 2013
How can someone gain strength from adversity in order to thrive? How can you make your own luck? Well, I personally find it hard to believe in fate or karma, on the contrary, I think that the onus and thrill of finding opportunities falls squarely on us, not on the “system”. And it’s imperative to be very intentional and strategic to seek every opportunity that advances you to your objective. Life is not a ladder that we climb from one predictable rung to the next, but rather a rocky cliff where we are all free-climbing. There’s no safe path to follow, we can only depend on our own intuition, ingenuity, and determination to rise to the top. Concern yourself with your goal, develop the habit of doing your best at all times and under all circumstances and focus on only those things germane to the issue at hand.
by Science Watch
The Higgs research and those dedicated to the discovery of the long sought after Higgs particle weren’t the only ones to take center stage in 2012. Find out about the hottest papers and researchers of 2012. Drawn on data from Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge.
THE HOTTEST SCIENTIFIC RESEARCHERS OF 2012
|Dr. Andrew Futreal aims to accelerate the translation of genomic technologies into therapeutic applications.
His chief scientific accomplishments include the identification of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 breast/ovarian cancer susceptibility genes, leading a pioneering effort in large-scale systematic cancer genomics and the identification the BRAF mutations in melanoma, ERBB2 mutations in non-small cell lung cancer and multiple new cancer genes in renal cell carcinoma. He has published over 182 papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Futreal applies his knowledge of cancer genomics to improve both short-term and long-term patient outcomes extending to cancer survivorship. He is a platform leader for genomics and informatics for the Moonshot initiative.
|Eric Lander is the President and Founding Director of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. Dr. Lander was
ne of the principal leaders of the Human Genome Project, directing the largest center in the international project. He has developed many of the key concepts, tools and information resources in modern genomics, propelling a revolution in our understanding of inherited disease and cancer, genetic regulation and evolution. The recipient of numerous awards, he was elected a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine.
Dr. Lander was appointed by President Obama to co-chair the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, which advises the White House on matters including health, advanced manufacturing, energy policy, information technology, nanotechnology and national security. Dr. Lander earned his BA from Princeton (1978) and his PhD from Oxford (1981) as a Rhodes Scholar. He teaches on the faculty of MIT and the Harvard Medical School.
by Stephanie Seiler at UW Health Sciences & UW Medicine
Scientists have discovered a second code hiding within DNA. This second code contains information that changes how scientists read the instructions contained in DNA and interpret mutations to make sense of health and disease.
Genome scientist Dr. John Stamatoyannopoulos led a team that discovered a second code hidden in DNA.
A research team led by Dr. John Stamatoyannopoulos, University of Washington associate professor of genome sciences and of medicine, made the discovery. The findings are reported in the Dec. 13 issue of Science.
The work is part of the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements Project, also known as ENCODE. The National Human Genome Research Institute funded the multi-year, international effort. ENCODE aims to discover where and how the directions for biological functions are stored in the human genome.
Since the genetic code was deciphered in the 1960s, scientists have assumed that it was used exclusively to write information about proteins. UW scientists were stunned to discover that genomes use the genetic code to write two separate languages. One describes how proteins are made, and the other instructs the cell on how genes are controlled. One language is written on top of the other, which is why the second language remained hidden for so long. Continue reading