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Hunter Gatherers, the Human Genome and Stem Cells

A conversation with Vanessa Hayes

October 31, 2012
29 minutes
Vanessa Hayes


Vanessa Hayes is professor of genomic medicine at the J. Craig Venter Institute in San Diego. Her research interest is in defining the extent of human genome diversity and how this diversity impacts human health and disease has taken her around the world. Originating in South Africa, completing her Ph.D. at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and heading a Cancer Genetics research team in Australia, she moved to the U.S.A. in 2010 to work with leaders in next generation sequencing and informatics at the J. Craig Venter Institute. She has a particular interest in using whole genome variation to understand human evolution and population dynamics, including the earliest diverged modern human lineages, ethnic diversity associated with prostate cancer, as well as the impact of genomic integrity in new treatment strategies for human disease.