Recorded: 30 May 2003
I think they’ve [readers] become more and more interested because as the genome sequence got more and more complete and more and more of these computational tools got developed, and it started affecting how everyone did their research, and so now everyone sort of goes on line to check out their genes and everyone’s using this expression “chips” (??) So it’s changed the whole nature of biological research and it’s very much more—it is really more expensive but also more powerful and more complicated. Biology used to be a rather simple science. You just needed a test tube and some bacteria and maybe a centrifuge and that was it. But now you have a much more sophisticated generation of instruments and its all driven by genomics because you have to scale out from doing things one gene at a time to tens of thousands of genes at a time.
Nicholas Wade received a B.A. in natural sciences from King's College in Cambridge (1964). He was deputy editor of (italics) Nature magazine in London and then became that journal's Washington correspondent. He joined (italics) Science magazine in Washington as a reporter and later moved to (italics)The New York Times, where he has been an editorial writer, concentrating his writing on issues of defense, space, science, medicine, technology, genetics, molecular biology, the environment, and public policy, a science reporter, and science editor. He is the author or coauthor of several books including (italics) LIFE SCRIPT: How The Human Genome Discoveries Will Transform Medicine And Enhance Your Health (2002).
Covering the Human Genome Project for the (italics) New York Times since 1990, Wade has interviewed Watson on various occasions and visited Cold Spring Harbor for the annual Genome symposium.