Professor John Sulston, Chair of iSEI
John Sulston was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2002 jointly with Sydney Brenner and Bob Horvitz, for the work they had done in understanding the development of the nematode (worm) Caenorhabditis elegans.
For more than 20 years, John worked on the biology of C. elegans, studying particularly its cell lineage and its genome. Collaboration between his group and that of Bob Waterston in St Louis, Missouri resulted in the publication of the nematode DNA sequence in 1998.
John was the Founder Director of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Centre from 1992 to 2000, where one third of the task to sequence the human genome was completed. In 2002 he co-authored with Georgina Ferry The Common Thread, an account of the science, politics and ethics of the human genome project. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge.
Professor John Harris, Director of iSEI
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John Harris is joint Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Medical Ethics, the leading journal in medical and applied ethics, and was one of the Founder Directors of the International Association of Bioethics. He was elected a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci) in 2001 and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts in 2006.
John has acted as Ethical Consultant to national and international bodies and corporations including the European Parliament and The World Health Organisation. He has served on many advisory bodies, including the UK Human Genetics Commission and the Ethics Committee of the British Medical Association, and on working groups of UK research councils, charities and societies.
The author or editor of 19 books and more than 250 papers in leading philosophical and science journals, John also frequently appears in the media to discuss Biomedical Ethics, Medical Jurisprudence and related issues.
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