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On the Shoulders of Giants

Saturday, May 31, 2014
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Scientists rely on the revelations and discoveries of previous generations. Indeed, it was Isaac Newton who humbly offered that “if he had seen a little further than others, it was by standing on the shoulders of giants.” This year, we continue our special series that invites our audience to stand on the shoulders of modern-day titans, with a speech by geneticist Mary-Claire King. A role model for female scientists, King discovered the breast cancer gene that revolutionized treatment, is a pioneer who first demonstrated the remarkable genetic overlap between humans and chimpanzees, and is an activist who used DNA analysis to reunite war-torn kidnapped children with their families. Come and hear this most remarkable scientist, whose positive impact will be felt for ages to come.


Mary-Claire KingHuman Geneticist, Humanitarian

Mary-Claire King, PhD, is American Cancer Society Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. She was the first to show that breast cancer is inherited in some families, as the result of mutations in the gene that she named BRCA1.

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