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Dr. James D. Watson - "Curing 'Incurable' Cancer" - DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES

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Published on Oct 26, 2011

Recorded Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at the Jewish General Hospital Block Amphitheater, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1928, James D. Watson was educated at the University of Chicago, from which he received a B.S. in 1947, and Indiana University where he earned a Ph.D. in Zoology in 1950. In 1953, while at Cambridge University, he and Francis Crick successfully proposed the double helical structure for DNA. They, together with Maurice Wilkins, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962. While a professor at Harvard, Watson commenced a writing career that generated The Molecular Biology of the Gene and his autobiographical volumes -- The Double Helix, Genes, Girls, and Gamow and Avoid Boring People. At Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, he was a driving force behind the Human Genome Project that led to his receipt of the Royal Society's Copley Medal in 1993. Among many honorary degrees and awards are election to the National Academy of Sciences [1962], Medal of Freedom [1977], National Medal of Science [1997], City of Philadelphia Liberty Medal [2000], Benjamin Franklin Medal [2001] and Honorary Knight of the British Empire [2002]. Jim Watson has served the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory since 1968 as its Director, President, Chancellor, and currently Chancellor Emeritus.

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