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George Church – The case for more data, and more wisdom

George Church – The case for more data, and more wisdom

Arc Fusion Dinner

George Church tells an Arc audience why we need more health data, and more wisdom about that data, and how data is not something to fear. He defends why, if anything, we have too little data.

George Church

Geneticist, Harvard Medical School

George Church is Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Director of, which provides the world's only open-access information on human Genomic, Environmental & Trait data (GET). His 1984 Harvard PhD included the first methods for direct genome sequencing, molecular multiplexing & barcoding. These led to the first genome sequence (pathogen, Helicobacter pylori) in 1994. His innovations have contributed to nearly all "next generation" DNA sequencing methods and companies (CGI-BGI, Life, Illumina, Nanopore). This plus his lab's work on chip-DNA-synthesis, gene editing and stem cell engineering resulted in founding additional application-based companies spanning fields of medical diagnostics (KnomeAlacris, AbVitroPathogenicaVeritas Genetics) & synthetic biology/therapeutics (Joule, Gen9, Editas, Egenesis, enEvolv, WarpDrive). He has also pioneered new privacybiosafetyenvironmental & biosecurity policies. He is director of an IARPA BRAIN Project and NIH Center for Excellence in Genomic Science. His honors include election to NAS & NAE & Franklin Bower Laureate for Achievement in Science. He has coauthored 400 papers74 patent publications & one book (Regenesis).