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Leroy Hood

Date of birth : 1938-10-10
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Missoula, Montana
Nationality : American
Category : Science and Technology
Last modified : 2011-10-04

American biologist and technological tycoon Leroy Hood studied under George Beadle and Richard Feynman, and has conducted extensive research in cancer biology, genomics, immunology, molecular biology, molecular evolution, and neurobiology. He was one of eleven scientists who, in 1985, initiated the Human Genome Project, which turned out so successfully that its early opposition by many biologists as a waste of time, effort, and funding has been generally forgotten. Hood's team designed and developed the DNA and protein sequencers and synthesizers and other advanced instruments that provided much of the technological underpinning for that work, and for modern molecular biology in general. He is a pioneer in systems biology, a new approach to biology that considers the complex interactions between genetics, metabolic, and cellular elements, and he is the founder of the non-profit Institute for Systems Biology.

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