Father of “Selfish DNA” Theory Wins Canada’s Top Science Award

February 5, 2014 at 3:30 pm Leave a comment

Ford Doolittle admits he enjoys shaking things up.

“I like to make trouble,” he says with a laugh. “So I think I do deliberately seek out ways to explain things differently.”

Explaining things differently has been a common theme in a 40-year career that has rewritten our understanding of DNA and evolutionary biology several times over. Today, that career was celebrated by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, which announced that Dr. Doolittle is receiving its highest honour: the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering.

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