The President of the United States, Barack Obama awarded the National Medal of Science to Marie-Claire King for her work in the field of genome science.
A White House ceremony was held yesterday. In it President Obama presented the National Medal of Science to Marie-Claire King. She happens to be the professor of genome sciences and medicine at the University of Washington.
This award is the highest source of recognition in the sciences in the United States. It is meant to honor King’s 40 year long research efforts into the human genome and the evolution of disease among our species.
Also among the things recognized were the lectures and outreach efforts that aid human rights throughout the world and reunite families that had been separated from each other.
King mentioned that it was a fantastic line of work. It was a celebration of science and showed a beacon of hope to the next generation regarding science and how it was a wonderful way to serve humanity.
King was among nine people who received the award for 2016. This award was given out for the first time in 1962 by JFK. The scientists chosen belonged to the physical, life and behavioral sciences.
Marie-Claire King’s provenance is Chicago. She has a bachelors degree from Carleton College in mathematics. She was originally going to go into statistics, yet a side interest in genomic science prompted her to switch subjects in the middle of her education.
The road less traveled indeed seems to have made all the difference. The lecturer who taught King and her peers wrote a genetic puzzle on the board each day the class period began. King learnt a lot using the tools of the trade to solve these interesting puzzles.
Later on King went in search of human evolution. The missing link between human beings and chimps was a very intriguing question. The mutations that had occurred here were of chief interest to King and her colleagues.
King worked on the genomic proteins of humans and chimps. Her research proved that the two are 99% the same on a genetic level. It was the slightest variation that led to the obvious difference between man and ape.
The last common ancestor they had lived about 5 to 7 million years ago. King did her doctorate in 1972. Later on she did valuable research work which led to many important discoveries and insights into genes and the brand new world they open up before mankind’s very eyes.
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King also did work on various forms of cancer especially breast and cervical tumors. Today all her efforts have yielded their desired results. She definitely deserves the award for her patient hard work on so many fronts.