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Kyoto Prize 2002
© BioMed Central Ltd 2002
Published: 28 June 2002
The award - which will be presented in Kyoto on 10 November - comprises a gold medal, a diploma, and 50 million yen (US$400,000). It is being presented to Hood in recognition of his "outstanding contribution to life sciences through the development of automated instruments for the determination of protein and DNA sequences and their syntheses."
Hood and various colleagues developed, amongst other instruments, an automated peptide sequencer roughly 100 times more sensitive than previous instruments and automated peptide and DNA synthesizers. He also devised and developed an automated fluorescence DNA sequencer - a key technology that led to the development of the high-speed capillary DNA sequencers now in common use.
The development of many types of high-speed, automated analytical instruments by Hood and others has been an important factor in the swift completion of the Human Genome Project.
- The Inamori Foundation, [http://www.inamori-f.or.jp/KyotoPrizes/contents_e/kp_fld.html]
- Institute for Systems Biology, [http://www.systemsbiology.org/]
- Human Genome Project, [http://www.ornl.gov/hgmis/]