In breaks from teaching at Drury, Associate Professor of Biology Roger Young, Ph.D. has worked in laboratories as part of the Human Genome Project, a massive multinational program that has mapped every human gene. Detailed understanding of human DNA opens the way to an understanding of human physiology and disease that was unimaginable when DNA's structure was described in 1953. Dr. Young discussed how the project's discoveries have changed, and will change, health and medicine.
Roger Young joined the biology department at Drury University in 1996, and now teaches genetics, molecular biology and Science & Inquiry. His interest in human genetics arose following an internship at Dartmouth College Hospital, and has since co-taught classes discussing the ethics of the human genome project. He has served in various capacities while at Drury, the latest being director of the Origins theme year in 2001.
Originally from the United Kingdom, he lived in Montana before moving to Texas and then Missouri. He can often be seen traveling too fast on two wheels during his commute from Republic, where he shares his house with a large dog.
"The ethical and moral questions raised by this astonishing breakthrough are profound. We, all of us, share a duty to ensure that the common property of the human genome is used freely for the common good of the whole human race."
-President Bill Clinton
Human Genome Research