Thanks to revolutionary technology developed in Church’s lab, resurrecting the extinct woolly mammoth could soon become a reality. Meet the team doing the work at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard.
Members of the Woolly Mammoth Revival Team, Harvard University, Summer 2017. Pictured from L to R: Bobby Dhadwar, Eriona Hysolli, Ezra Frager, and George Church.
Members of the Woolly Mammoth Revival Team, Harvard University, February 2014. Pictured from L to R: Justin Quinn, Luhan Yang, Margo Monroe, Bobby Dhadwar, and George Church.
George Church, Ph.D. Founding Core Faculty Member and Platform Lead for Synthetic Biology at Wyss Institute; Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School; Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard and MIT. George leads the Synthetic Biology Platform, overseeing the directed evolution of molecules, polymers, and whole genomes to create new tools with applications in regenerative medicine and bioenergy. Among his recent work at the Wyss Institute is the development of a technology for synthesizing whole genes, and potentially whole gene circuits, that is faster, more accurate, and significantly less expensive than current methods. George is widely recognized for his innovative contributions to genomic science and his many pioneering contributions to chemistry and biomedicine. In 1984, he developed the first direct genomic sequencing method, which resulted in the first commercial genome sequence (the human pathogen, H. pylori). He helped initiate the Human Genome Project in 1984 and the Personal Genome Project in 2005. George invented the broadly applied concepts of molecular multiplexing and tags, homologous recombination methods, and array DNA synthesizers. His many innovations have been the basis for a number of companies including Joule Unlimited, Inc. (solar fuels); LS9, Inc. (bio-petroleum); and Knome (full human genome sequencing).