This collection includes interviews and discussions on Yale's research in genetics, the branch of biology that studies heredity and variation in organisms. The Yale Genetics Department is a large, interdisciplinary group of faculty performing basic laboratory research and clinical research, and providing clinical care. Several laboratories are actively engaged in human genetics, cloning genes linked with disease, developing DNA probes and other diagnostic techniques, or studying the epidemiology of inherited disorders.
Press Conference With Nobel Prize Winner Thomas Steitz
Thomas Steitz, Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for showing how ribosomes function, work that has important implications for antibiotics.
Mapping the Ribosome
Dr. Thomas Steitz, Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, headed the team that mapped the ribosome's structure.
Tailoring Research to Promote Better Health
Dr. Judy Cho, co-director for education at the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation talks about the need to bring knowledge gained in biomedical research to bear in patient care. YCCI develops young investigators who are adept at collaborating with clinicians to put the basic discoveries of bench science to work improving patient care.
Where Chimps and Humans Part Company
Yale's James Noonan describes genetic differences between humans and other primates.
Riboswitches: Nature's Ancient Turn On
Ronald Breaker of Yale discusses his work with highly conserved RNA mechanism with great power to initiate change. In a world before DNA, riboswitches may have carried out many of the functions of life.
Crystallizing an Intron
Professor Anna Marie Pyle discusses new findings about RNA processing and the form-function relationship of Group II introns and their evolution.