Leroy Hood, the pioneer of high-speed gene sequencing technologies that made the Human Genome Project possible, has been awarded the 2010 Kistler Prize. The $100,000 award is named after Walter Kistler, the inventor and president of the Bellevue, WA-based Foundation for the Future. Past winners include famous scientists J. Craig Venter, Richard Dawkins, and Edward O. Wilson. In a statement, the foundation said, “Hood’s discoveries have permanently changed the course of biology and revolutionized the understanding of genetics, life, and human health.”
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