George Church
Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
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Re: What is your question?

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Why do Americans think they have "math block"?

George Church

George Church is a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and a professor of health sciences and technology at Harvard and MIT. In 1984, Church, along with Walter Gilbert, developed the first direct genomic sequencing method and helped initiate the Human Genome Project. Church is responsible for inventing the concepts of molecular multiplexing and tags, homologous recombination methods, and DNA array synthesizers. Church initiated the Personal Genome Project in 2005 as well as research into synthetic biology. He is director of the U.S. Department of Energy Center on Bioenergy at Harvard and MIT and director of the National Institutes of Health Center of Excellence in Genomic Science at Harvard, MIT and Washington University. He is a senior editor for Nature EMBO Molecular Systems Biology.

Transcript
Well I guess my question would be a variation on the one you said before, which is how can they get involved? And they should ask themselves why is it they’re not involved. Why is it that they’re not the healthcare activist or some other kind of activist? Why are they not writing their Congressman on a regular basis? Why is it that they feel that they have math block? Why don’t they spend a little bit more time learning about science because it affects our toxic environment? It affects all kinds of business decisions. Why aren’t they learning a little bit more? And if they have an answer already, then act on it. Recorded on: 7/6/07

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