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David Page, Director of the Whitehead Institute and professor of biology at MIT, has shaped modern genomics and mapped the Y chromosome. And he’s here to say, “Human genome, we have a problem.” Page contends that medical research is overlooking a fundamental fact with the assumption that male and female cells are equal and interchangeable in the lab, most notably because conventional wisdom holds that the X and Y chromosomes are relevant only within the reproductive tract. But if the sexes are equal, why are women more likely than men to develop certain diseases, and vice versa? This compelling talk from TEDxBeaconStreet foretells how changing the way we understand the sexes could transform health care.

The Director of Whitehead Institute and MacArthur genius grant winner David Page is a pioneer in genetics, and his renowned studies of the sex chromosomes have shaped modern understandings of reproductive health, fertility and sex disorders.


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David Page

David Page

David Page, one of the greatest scientists of our time, is Director of Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, MA, Professor of Biology at MIT, and an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. For nearly 30 years, Dr. Page has conducted groundbreaking research on mammalian sex chromosomes, with a particular focus on the Y chromosome. His lab, in collaboration with researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, was the first to complete the sequence of human Y chromosome—revealing why, despite popular arguments to the contrary, the Y is not doomed to eventual extinction. Page’s validation of the health of the Y chromosome earned him a guest appearance earlier this year on the popular television show The Colbert Report. More importantly, Page’s work has transformed our understanding of a range of sex disorders, including male infertility and Turner Syndrome. Now, at TEDxBeaconStreet, he is set to unveil an exciting new phase of research that should have implications for us all. Dr. Page, a past recipient of a “genius grant” from the McArthur Foundation, trained in the MIT laboratory of renowned geneticist David Botstein while earning his MD from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program.