I am Eric Lander, a leader of the Human Genome Project and presidential advisor on science and technology. Ask me anything!
Hello, I am Eric Lander, President and Founding Director of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. I was one of the principal leaders of the Human Genome Project, directing the largest center in the international project.
Since 2008, I’ve also served as the co-chair of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), which advises the White House on matters of science and technology -- including health, advanced manufacturing, energy policy, information technology, nanotechnology and national security.
In addition to my own scientific work, I’ve taught MIT’s Introductory Biology for the past 20 years. I'm about to launch a new educational experiment, involving a partnership between university and K-12 science teachers. For the last five months, I’ve been preparing a completely revised online course as part of the MIT/Harvard EdX collaboration: it’s the first free online course on basic biology (“Introduction to Biology: The Secret of Life”). The content is tightly coupled to the current revolution in genetics and genomics. The course will go live on the web during the first week of March. Registration is now open: https://www.edx.org/courses/MITx/7.00x/2013_Spring/about
I will be here answering your questions for 2 hours, starting at 12pm ET. I’m looking forward to my first AMA!
Edit: Thanks everyone for the great questions!!
I'm going offline for now.