Nobel Prize-winning geneticist Andrew Fire answers several questions relating to ethics,
politics, and science research.
Andrew Fire discusses quot;The Genetic Landscape: What is RNA Interference?quot;
Fire knows more than most people about the mysteries of genetics. Come learn about genetics and
RNA interference from the winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in medicine, for advances in gene
silencing - a process that allows cells to selectively turn off specific genes. Research in this area
jump-started a new biological field by opening the door to previously inaccessible lodes of genetic
information - The Commonwealth Club Andrew Zachary Fire is an American professor of
pathology and genetics at Stanford University.
Fire is one of the laureates of the 2006 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, along with Craig
C. Mello, for the discovery of RNA interference (RNAi). This research was conducted at the
Carnegie Institution of Washington and published in 1998. Fire is currently professor of pathology
and of genetics at the Stanford University School of Medicine, which he joined in 2003.