Reading our own code, John Sulston
Interviewee: John Sulston. Nobel Laureate John Sulston reflects on the Human Genome Project from an evolutionary perspective. (DNAi Location: Genome > The project > Putting it together > Interviews > Reading our own code)
I mean one thing I do like is to reflect on the fact that it took four billion years for life to emerge and evolve to the point where one particular living organism was able to read its own code of instructions. And that I think is a most wonderful philosophical point. There'll be a much more wonderful philosophical point when we understand how the code of instructions works, but at least we've read them out on the tablets, you see, at this point.
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Nobel Laureate John Sulston, former director of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, talks about the competition within the public sequencing effort, and the distraction of the private.
Nobel Laureate John Sulston, a key figure in the UK sequencing effort, talks about breaking DNA apart so that the sequence can be reassembled.
Nobel Laureate John Sulston speaks about the relationships between organisms, and why one organism can be a good model for another.
Commentators on the genome sequence (Human Genome Project). Top: William Clinton, Ewan Birney, John Sulston. Bottom: Jim Watson, Craig Venter.
John Sulston talks about response of the media.
Nobel Laureate James Watson, the first director of the Human Genome Project, talks about his first reaction to the idea.
John Sulston, a key figure in the public genome project, speaks about the difficulties posed by missing a step in the sequencing process.
James Watson talks about the Human Genome Project and government funding.
Model organisms researchers: (clockwise from top left) David Botstein, Mario Capecchi, John Sulston, Ewan Birney, and Sydney Brenner.
Robert Sinsheimer talks about the feasability of sequencing the human genome.