Thursday, 21 November 2013

A Genomic Giant.

After hearing about the news yesterday, and being a biochemist in training, I have had no doubt in my mind that today's blog post will be dedicated to a man who helped to carve the way for genomics as we know and recognise today. Frederick (Fred Sanger) this one is for you.

Born August 13th 1918 in Gloucestershire, Sanger excelled in academia for most of his early life, gaining at place at the prestigious St John's College, Cambridge where he studied natural sciences. He continued on at Cambridge to successfully gain a PhD in 1943, with the thesis 'The metabolism of the amino acid lysine in the animal body'.

What Sanger is most known for is his considerable research towards genomics and consequently has received 2 Noble prize Awards to indicate this. He won 1 prize alone for his work on the protein insulin in 1958 and he shared his second prize in 1980 with Walter Gilbert for their contribution for determining the base sequence of nucleic acids.

in 1992, The Wellcome Trust and the MRC founded a building in the honor of Fred and named it after him 'The Sanger Institute', where it now stands proudly in Hinxton, close to Fed's house. The building was in fact opened by the great man himself on October 4th 1993.

Explorer Fact: Sanger was the only person to be awarded the Noble Prize in Chemistry twice, but he was the fourth person to be awarded a second prize either alone or in tandem with someone else.

R.I.P  Friedrick Sanger 1918-2013

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