Welcome to George Church (Harvard and MIT) - Genomics Advisory Panel

George Church is an American geneticistmolecular engineer, and chemist. He is Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard and MIT, and founding core member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. He is widely regarded as a pioneer in personal genomics and synthetic biology. With Walter Gilbert, Church published the first direct genomic sequencing method in 1984. Described in that publication were the cyclic applications of fluids to a solid phase alternating with imaging, plus avoidance of bacterial cloning, strategies that are still used in today's dominant Next-Generation Sequencing technologies. These technologies began to have an impact on genome-scale sequencing 2005. Church also helped initiate the Human Genome Project in 1984. Church spearheaded the concept and implementation of open access sequencing hardware and shareable human medical data.  He has noted the potential for re-identification of human research participants and the tendency for consent forms to be opaque – proposing an alternative "open consent" mechanism.  To aid in the interpretation and sharing of genomes, Church, in 2005, initiated the Personal Genome Project (PGP), which provides the world’s only open-access human genome and trait data sets. Eight trios (mother, father, and child) from the Personal Genome Project are in the process of being chosen to act as the primary genome standards (Reference Materials) for the NIST+FDA genomeinabottle.org program.

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