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Sir John Sulston human genome pioneer dies

Sir John Sulston human genome pioneer dies

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British genome pioneer Sir John Sulston has died aged 75.He came to prominence as the British face of the international project to decode the human genome.Sir John won a Nobel Prize in 2002 for his work on the development of cells within a humble worm, which paved the way for innovations in cancer research.He was known as a passionate believer in pushing the boundaries of science and in making data on the human genome available to all. He helped found the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute at Hinxton near Cambridge, and the laboratories there bear his name.Prof Sir Mike Stratton, director of the Wellcome Sanger Institute, said the scientist had a burning and unrelenting commitment to making genome data open to all without restriction."We all feel the loss today of a great scientific visiona...
Genome pioneer John Sulston enters elite club

Genome pioneer John Sulston enters elite club

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British genome pioneer Sir John Sulston has been elevated to the Companion of Honour in the Queen’s birthday list.Only 65 people, including the sovereign herself, can hold the distinction at any one time.Sir John won a Nobel Prize in 2002 for his breakthrough contribution to the understanding of how genes control cell division and cell death in an organism.One of the researchers with whom he shared that prize, Sydney Brenner, joined the elite group back in 1986.To become a Companion of Honour, an individual has to have made a major contribution to the arts, science, medicine, or government over a long period of time. Existing members include David Hockney and Sir David Attenborough. Those joining with Sir John include JK Rowling and Sir Paul McCartney.Another newcomer is Lord Stern, one of...