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Biotechnology & medicine

Angela Wu

Reading and writing the human genome

Year Honored

Asia Pacific

"Easily reading and writing information to a computer is the basis of many modern technologies; I work on ways to read and write genetic information from human cells. First, I’m creating technologies that read genetic information from individual cells in our body, allowing us to create accurate maps of all cell types and their functions - a Cell Atlas of the human body. Second, I’m engineering technology to write and re-write our DNA, so that diseases such as cervical cancer, which is caused by viruses writing their genetic information into our DNA, can be cured by cutting out the viral DNA."