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Biochemist and Geneticist Ronald W. Davis Receives $500,000 Gruber Genetics Prize for Pioneering Work in the Development of Biotechnologies that Have Significantly Advanced the Fields of Molecular Genetics and Genomics
Date:6/8/2011

NEW YORK, June 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ronald W. Davis, PhD, a pioneer in innovative biotechnologies, particularly the development and practical application of recombinant DNA and genomic methods to biological organisms, will receive the 2011 Genetics Prize of The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation.

Davis, 69, has spent most of his professional life at Stanford University, where he is a professor of biochemistry and genetics. He also serves as director of the Stanford Genome Technology Center, a position he has held since 1994.

He will receive the award on October 13 in Montreal, during the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, which is being held in conjunction with the 12th International Congress of Human Genetics.  Davis will also deliver a lecture at the conference.

"Ron Davis' innovations have resulted in remarkable advances in modern molecular genetics. I am delighted that he is the 2011 Gruber Genetics Prize recipient," says Gruber and Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, the Morris Herzstein Professor of Biology and Physiology in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco.

Davis' impact on biomedical research has been broad and profound. In 1968, while still a graduate student at the California Institute of Technology, he developed one of the first mapping methods for DNA, as well as heteroduplex technology, which made imaging the pairing of two genomes possible. After he moved to Stanford in 1972, Davis created some of the earliest cloning vectors - DNA molecules that carry foreign DNA into a host cell, where the foreign DNA can then be replicated.

A string of other technologies and discoveries quickly followed. Working on the genome and biology of Saccaharomyces cerevisiae (baker's yeast), Davis' lab developed the first artificially constructed chromosomes, which are now routinely used to clone large genes and to map complex ge
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