Leroy Hood: Systems Thinking in Biology

October 28, 2014
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Leroy Hood has been solving big problems in medicine his entire career. His contributions have been monumental, including being involved in the development of five instruments critical for modern biology—namely, automated DNA sequencers, DNA synthesizers, protein sequencers, peptide synthesizers, and an ink jet printer that constructs DNA arrays.

In 2000, he co-founded the Institute for Systems Biology where he is leading efforts to apply systems approaches a variety of diseases, including cancer, neurodegenerative disease, and the linkage of systems biology to personalized medicine.

Dr. Hood’s latest project is P4 medicine (predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory). Listen as he describes his plans to study 100,000 well individuals from around the world in order to identify the earliest stage of disease and then design interventions that can put the person back on track for wellness.

This interview was filmed at the WLSA’s 2014 Convergence Summit in San Diego.

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