Conversations That Matter: The legacy of a B.C. Nobel winner

It was 25 years ago that the Nobel committee named Michael Smith of UBC as the winner in chemistry for his work in site-directed mutagenesis. In other words, making specific changes to the DNA sequence of a gene – a process that he developed even before the human genome was fully mapped.

He was a remarkable scientist and a remarkable man who went to great lengths in attracting research talent to B.C. He donated his entire prize money to research and thus played a vital role in establishing B.C. as a centre of excellence in genome research.

His generosity inspired the creation of Genome B.C., the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the Michael Smith Laboratories at UBC and the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre at B.C. Cancer.

The Nobel Prize and Smith’s commitment to using his position to advance research in B.C. research was a game changer, one that vaulted local scientists onto the world stage and put British Columbia on the map as a place of world class research.

We invited Marco Marra, director of the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre, to join us for a Conversation That Matters about Michael Smith’s remarkable legacy.

Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue presents Conversations That Matter. Join veteran Broadcaster Stuart McNish each week for an important and engaging Conversation about the issues shaping our future.

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