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World-renowned scientist to speak at Byrnes Performing Arts Center

Award-winning scientist Dr. Leroy Hood will be talking about the future of medicine during a presentation at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center Dec. 10. - Courtesy Photo
Award-winning scientist Dr. Leroy Hood will be talking about the future of medicine during a presentation at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center Dec. 10.
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ARLINGTON — One of the world's leading scientists will soon be talking with community members about the future of genetics.

Dr. Leroy Hood of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle will be speaking at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center.

Hood, who has won numerous awards for his research in genomics, biotechnology and molecular immunology, invented the automated DNA sequencer.

The sequencer is an automated tool scientists can use to predict and synthesize DNA, and has helped decode the human genome.

Scientists can use that information to predict and treat diseases before they ever show up, said Heather Logan, assistant administrator for Cascade Valley Hospital, which is putting on the event.

"He foresees a future where your timetable is personalized because you know what's in your genes," Logan said.

Much of Hood's presentation in Arlington will deal with his research, but Logan said residents do not need to have a scientific background to attend.

"You won't need a Ph.D to listen to it," Logan said.

Hood's presentation is titled "The Future of Medicine."

Hood has received the 2003 Lemelson-MIT Prize, the 2002 Kyoto Prize for Advance Technology, the 1987 Lasker Award and the 2005 Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment.

He holds 14 patents, and has co-authored a number of textbooks and peer-reviewed papers.

The scientist has also helped found approximately 15 biotechnology companies.

In addition to his awards, Hood was recently named among Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Agents of Change.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to the free event in Arlington.

The presentation is part of the hospital wanting to thank the community for funding of its new facility, which is slated to open in January 2010.

"We're moving into our future, but what about the future of medicine and how can we move on with that?" Logan said. "We very much want to thank the community for this marvelous gift."

The Byrnes Performing Arts Center is located at 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd., Arlington.

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