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UCSF Genetics Pioneer Y.W. Kan Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

By Wallace Ravven, UCSF News Services | July 21, 2006

Yuet Wai Kan, MD, DSc, an internationally recognized leader in the field of human genetics, was honored Thursday (July 20) with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America. It is the first time the award has been presented.

Kan is the Louis K. Diamond Professor of Hematology at UCSF.

He was the first to establish that a single DNA mutation could result in a human disease. He demonstrated this in sickle cell anemia and thalassemia, and was the first to diagnose a human disease using DNA. He discovered DNA polymorphism, which is now extensively used for genetic analysis.

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