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Peter Little, 2003-05-30

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Oral History | Peter Little
Oral History | Peter Little

Scope and Contents

Peter Little, bioinformatics researcher and professor, is interviewed by Mila Pollock and Kiryn Haslinger, on May 30, 2003, at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York.

Peter Little discusses the following in his interview: Scene 1. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Genome Meetings -- Scene 2. Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology -- Scene 3. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: past and present -- Scene 4. Involvement in genomics -- Scene 5. Changes in genomics -- Scene 6. Surprises in the Human Genome Project -- Scene 7. Dangers of genomic research -- Scene 8. Altering genetic destiny -- Scene 9. Challenges of the Human Genome Project -- Scene 10. Gene patenting -- Scene 11. The future of genomics -- Scene 12. Competition in science -- Scene 13. Competition between Celera and the Human Genome Project -- Scene 14. Meeting Jim Watson -- Scene 15. "Lucky Jim" -- Scene 16. Jim Watson, writer -- Scene 17. Becoming a scientist -- Scene 18. Interests outside of science -- Scene 19. Science writing -- Scene 20. Advice to young scientists -- Scene 21. Public science education -- Scene 22. Today's biology students -- Scene 23. History of science -- Scene 24. Teaching science -- Scene 25. Scientific career highpoints -- Scene 26. Plans for future research -- Scene 27. Plans for future writing -- Scene 28. Science and spirituality.


  • Creation: 2003-05-30


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

Peter Little is a bioinformatics researcher, currently the Associate Director of the Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) and Professor and Research Director of the Life Sciences Institute at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He was previously professor of medical biochemistry and the head of the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He received his Ph.D. working with recombinant DNA under Ed Southern and Peter Walker at Edinburgh University. In 1976, Little cloned a human gene – the second time this was ever accomplished.Little’s laboratory studies the genetic basis of gene expression, and genetic variation as it pertains to the regulatory regions of the genes. He has hypothesized that there are two types of genetic variation that alter gene expression. His lab has also created advanced techniques for testing genetically influenced transcript variations. He comes to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory regularly for genome meetings and symposia.


1 Cassettes (Camcorder footage) : Hi-8 - CSHL1265

1 Cassettes (Copy) : MiniDV - CSHL1098

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English