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Meet WSF Gala Honoree Mary-Claire King, Ground-Breaking Geneticist

The 2014 World Science Festival Gala, hosted by Alan Alda, will honor Dr. Mary-Claire King and celebrate the adventure and culture of science with outstanding performances and science-infused delicacies on April 7, 2014. For more information, click here.


Dr. Mary-Claire King’s responsibility as a “citizen of the world” has led her to ground-breaking discoveries in genetics. She discovered the genetic link between humans and chimpanzees, pioneered DNA sequencing for human rights investigations, and identified a heritable “breast cancer gene” that she named BRCA1, revolutionizing treatment. Watch the path of her activism and research, and how her discoveries have impacted our lives now and generations to come.

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