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Richard Gibbs, 2008-05-08

 Item — Box: AV02, miniDV: CSHL1056
Oral History - Richard Gibbs
Oral History - Richard Gibbs

Scope and Contents

Richard Gibbs, geneticist and a leader in human genome sequencing, discusses his research correlating gene mutations and disease phenotypes, and the Human Genome Project (HGP.) He remembers the participants and issues discussed at international genome meetings, including the 'Bermuda Principles,' conferences. He recalls key HGP players: Jim Watson, Francis Collins, John Sulston, and Craig Venter. Other topics discussed by Gibbs are ethical issues in genomics, including gene patenting, the sequencing the Drosophila genome, and the HapMap project.

Richard Gibbs is interviewed by Mila Pollock on May 14, 2004, at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library, in Cold Spring Harbor, New York.

Richard Gibbs' interview discusses the following: Scene 1. Becoming a scientist: career beginnings -- Scene 2. Advice to young scientists -- Scene 3. Career highlights -- Scene 4. Correlating gene mutations and disease phenotypes -- Scene 5. Beginnings of the Human Genome Project -- Scene 6. International genome meetings -- Scene 7. International genome meetings: "The Bermuda Principles" -- Scene 8. Participants at the "Bermuda Principles" Meeting -- Scene 9. Mechanics of the Human Genome Project: getting started -- Scene 10. Establishing the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine -- Scene 11. Competition in science -- Scene 12. The Human Genome Project: changes over time -- Scene 13. Significant moments in research -- Scene 14. Surprises in the Human Genome Project -- Scene 15. Future of the Human Genome Project -- Scene 16. Interpreting the genomic code: searching for disease genes -- Scene 17. Scientific ambitions -- Scene 18. Dangers of genomic research -- Scene 19. Ethical issues in genomics -- Scene 20. Gene patenting -- Scene 21. Jim Watson, Director of the Human Genome Project -- Scene 22. Jim Watson, personality and influence -- Scene 23. Meeting Jim Watson -- Scene 24. Mechanics of the Human Genome Project: Francis Collins -- Scene 25. John Sulston -- Scene 26. Interaction with Craig Venter -- Scene 27. Craig Venter: personalitiy -- Scene 28. Craig Venter's contribution to the Human Genome Project -- Scene 29. David Botstein -- Scene 30. Sequencing the Drosophila genome -- Scene 31. Baylor's contribution to the Drosophila Project -- Scene 32. International HapMap Project -- Scene 33. Collaboration in the HapMap Project -- Scene 34. Goals of the HapMap Project -- Scene 35. Future of the HapMap Project.


  • Creation: 2008-05-08


Conditions Governing Access

Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available online: Select tapes have been digitized thanks to support from CLIR Recordings at Risk Grant awarded in 2021, these tapes are available for research online via our Oral History Website and in person at CSHL Archives. Please contact CSHL Archives with any questions regarding availability.

Biographical / Historical

Richard A. Gibbs received a B.Sc. (Hons) in 1979 and a Ph.D. in Genetics and Radiation Biology in 1986 at the University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. In 1990 he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Houston's Baylor College of Medicine, studying the molecular basis of human X-linked diseases and developing technologies for rapid genetic analysis. He developed several fundamental technologies for nucleic acid analysis. In 1991, he joined the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine and played a key role in the early planning and development phases of the Human Genome Project. In 1996, he established the Human Genome Sequencing Center when Baylor was chosen as one of six programs to complete the final phase of the Human Genome Project. He is currently the Director of the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine and the Wofford Cain Chair and Professor in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics. He is also a Professor in the Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine and Integrative Molecular and Biomedical Sciences programs and member of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine. In 2000, Gibbs was a recipient of the annual Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., Excellence in Research Awards.


1 Optical Disks (Talking science with Richard Gibbs) : DVD ; 30 min.

1 Cassettes (Camcorder footage) : MiniDV - CSHL1056

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Interview recorded on Mini DV, then transferred to DVD.

Repository Details

Part of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives Repository

Library & Archives
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
One Bungtown Rd
Cold Spring Harbor NY 11724 USA