June 12, 2011

Prominent Turkish Scientist to Help Train Students in Turkey

A leading Turkish researcher on human genetics and brain surgery at Yale University will be helping to train students at Bahçeşehir University’s newly opened genetics department in Istanbul. Professor Murat Günel, the recipient of numerous prestigious scientific awards in his field, is also working on mapping out genetic disorders in Turkey that are caused by endogamy.

“Technology has progressed so rapidly that while [mapping out] the first human DNA sequence cost about $3 billion, the amount today has come down to $5,000,” Günel told the Hürriyet Daily News, adding that he had to tweak his slides for a presentation in order to update those figures as recently as Friday, as the same procedure used to cost between $50,000 to $100,000 mere months ago.

Günel’s discovery of a gene that causes convolutions in the human brain, a trait closely linked with intelligence, was nominated as one of the top 10 discoveries of 2010 by Science magazine. The same gene is also believed to be related to the development of both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer disease.

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