Archive for Wednesday, October 20, 1993

LECTURE TO EXPLORE DNA RESEARCH

October 20, 1993

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The editor of Science magazine will be at Kansas University Thursday for a lecture in honor of Takeru Higuchi, the "father of physical pharmacy."

Physicians may eventually be able to better predict susceptibility to disease by referring to a vast map of genetic material in the human body.

The map would be the product of the 15-year Human Genome Project. Scientists are charting one billion pieces of information that comprise 100,000 genes in human DNA, the basic material transmitting hereditary patterns.

"Genes hold the blueprints of our physical nature," said Santiago Grisolia, distinguished professor of biochemistry at Kansas University Medical Center.

"Many types of cancer, many types of diabetes, the susceptibility to certain heart diseases -- it's all in your genes," he said.

On Thursday at KU, Daniel Koshland will lecture on "Science Policy and the Human Genome Project." The 1993 Takeru Higuchi Memorial Lecture will be 8 p.m. in Alderson Auditorium of the Kansas Union and is open to the public.

Koshland, professor emeritus of molecular biology at the University of California-Berkeley, is editor of Science. It's the largest-circulation journal publishing primary research across the entire spectrum of the sciences.

Koshland's research has produced major advances in the understanding of enzymes, the key catalysts of all living species.

His scientific papers have ranged from theoretical work involving pure mathematics to one about the walking rate of ants.

Prior to his speech, he will be honored as the Higuchi memorial lecturer. He is the fifth person to serve as Higuchi lecturer since the series began in 1989.

The lecture series was named for Higuchi, who came to KU in 1967 and was regarded as a pioneer of pharmaceutical studies. He died in 1987 after winning virtually every award in his field.

Higuchi's business savvy forged partnerships between KU biomedical researchers and industry during a 20-year period. A biomedical research complex on campus was named in his honor in 1984.

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