BioQuick friend and legendary human geneticist Mary-Claire King, Ph.D. is featured in an article on page D3, above the fold, in today's (2-10-2015) New York Times / Science Times. Dr. King is enormously and widely respected for her brilliant body of work in the areas of breast and ovarian cancer genetics, as well as in other key areas of human genetics.[Check BQ Obama story for more on King./Q&A format] She is also highly regarded for her efforts in the area of human rights. Dr. King is very possibly a future Nobel Prize winner for her breast and ovarian cancer genetics work, particularly for her vast amount of work in support of the ultimate identifications of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. That BRCA work has completely transformed how these grievous cancers of the breast and of the ovary are dealt with. Dr. King won the 2014 Lasker Award that is often a prelude to the Nobel Prize. She is a past President of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) and the winner of innumerable prestigious honors and awards over her long and singular career. Currently, Dr. King is Professor of Genome Sciences and Medical Genetics at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. King is viewed particularly favorably by BioQuick News because she has been kind enough to give Editor & Publisher Mike O'Neill two very important quotes even though she was certainly extremely busy with other much more important work at the times. The first Dr. King quote was for a story I was doing on Elizabeth Blackburn, telomeres, and telomerase. Dr. Blackburn would, about one year later, win the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for her seminal work in this crucial area of telomeres and telomerase. I simply asked Dr. King and she very quickly provided me with a very nice quote for which I was very, very grateful.
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