Changing biology with the Human Genome Project, Ewan Birney
Interviewee: Ewan Birney. Ewan Birney, a key player in the computing and analysis of the genome, reflects on the implications of the Human Genome Project for biology. (DNAi Location: Genome > The Project > Putting it together > Interviews > A rich, massive story)
All of human biology somehow connects back to the genome, and so anything that you can talk about in terms of human biology you can find some line that gets you back to some region of the genome. So just scanning over it is sort of wonderful. I was trained as a biochemist and as a molecular biologist, and you just see, you know, thousands upon thousands of little stories about how your eyes work or how your bones get put together or how the liver works and what happens here with this particular disease where, when this gene has a defect then, then this disease happens. And it's just a rich, massive story in some sense.
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Dr. Ewan Birney is a bioinformatician and worked on the Human Genome Project.
For the first draft of the genome sequence, both teams were working to identify the number of human genes. Here, Ewan Birney, a "numbers man" from the public genome project, explains how genes can be recognized and the data from the genome project used.
Ari Patrinos, director of the US Department of Energy's sequencing effort, talks about the public genome project's aims that extended beyond those of the private project.
Ewan Birney talks about a career in bioinformatic.
James Watson talks about human Genome Project and the future.
Ari Patrinos talks about the idea for the Human Genome Project.
Ewan Birney, one of the leading analysts of the Human Genome Project, takes you on a chromosome tour.
Commentators on the genome sequence (Human Genome Project). Top: William Clinton, Ewan Birney, John Sulston. Bottom: Jim Watson, Craig Venter.
Ewan Birney talks about Human Genome Project and the future.
Ewan Birney talks about how many genes are in the human genome.