World famous biochemist says genetic blueprint will be part of regular medical care

The day is not far off when healthy individuals can get their genetic blueprint analyzed as part of a check-up, world-renowned biochemist J. Craig Venter, PhD, told the audience at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences commencement ceremony.

"You and your children will have your genomes sequenced as a regular part of your medical care," he said.

Dr. Venter is best known for sequencing the human genome. He is founder, chairman and CEO of J. Craig Venter Institute, a not-for-profit research organization dedicated to human, microbial, plant, synthetic and environmental genetic research.

By sequencing the genome, which contains about 3 billion pieces of genetic information, medical treatment can be tailored to an individual’s specific needs.

"If you have lung cancer, the most important information to have is your genetic code," Dr. Venter said.

Dr. Venter also told the Class of 2014 that they will have many opportunities to blaze new trails in research and push the limits of science. He encouraged graduates to go out and explore.

"You have a totally unique chance to contribute," he said. "We seem only to be limited by our imaginations."

Recent News

Dr. John Licciardone
  • Our People
|Nov 30, 2022

Key study results from HSC’s PRECISION Pain Research Registry published in JAMA Network Open

The Journal of the American Medical Association – Network Open has published findings from a recent HSC study about chronic lower back pain, race and the patient-physician relationship. The study revealed that Black patients reported worse outcomes for low back pain intensity and back-related d...
Ram flyer
  • Community
|Nov 23, 2022

Free pop-up medical, vision and dental clinic is just a week away

  The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth and Remote Area Medical – RAM® — a nonprofit provider of pop-up clinics that delivers free quality dental, vision and medical care to those in need — are bringing the free health care clinic to Dallas on Dec. 3 and 4....
Mathis, Borjas, Luna Smith Hsc Teaching Chair
  • Community
|Nov 18, 2022

HSC partners with Fort Worth ISD to honor outstanding science teacher 

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth is committed to supporting science and health education for students at all levels of their academic journeys.  Since last year, HSC has sponsored Fort Worth Independent School District’s Chair for Teaching Excellence in Seconda...
Dr. Sid O'Bryant
  • Research
|Nov 14, 2022

Key study results from HSC’s Institute for Translational Research published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease

Findings from a recent study by the team at the Institute for Translational Research led by Dr. Sid O’Bryant at The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth have been published by the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. The article, “Characterization of Mild Cognitive Impairme...