Eric Wieschaus: Early Life (03:28)
Nobel Prize winning geneticist Eric Wieschaus grew up in Alabama and wanted to be an artist. When he was 15, he was chosen to study biology at a university over the summer through the National Science Foundation. It made him realize he wanted to be a scientist.
Why Genetics? (02:20)
Wieschaus was always interested in embryos and how they can transform from a single cell into an organism. Initially, he was not interested in genetics but realized he needed to learn more about it to learn more about embryos.
What Happened Next... (03:21)
Wieschaus went to graduate school still wanting to become an embryologist. He studied with Donald Poulson at Yale University, who established fruit flies as a common subject for the study of development. Wieschaus started studying fruit fly embryos.
The Plan: To Figure Out Which Genes Control Development in Fruit Fly Embryos (04:24)
Wieschaus realized the importance of embryonic development to molecular biology near the end of his graduate education. He and Christiane Nusslein-Volhard questioned what controls embryonic development. The problem seemed too large to tackle with classical genetics.
The Project Begins at the Molecular Biology Lab (02:53)
Wieschaus and Nusslein-Volhard got jobs in Heidelberg, Germany and started their project to establish all the genes in a fruit fly. They hoped to determine which were essential for embryonic development.
The Model Organism Concept (05:34)
After scanning the fruit fly genome, Wieschaus and Nusslein-Volhard determined how genes and embryonic developed worked. They realized each gene that played an important role in fly development had a similar counterpart in the human genome.
Being a Research Scientist - What's It Really Like? (02:25)
Wieschaus enjoys spending time in his lab and interacting with others there. He says being a geneticist affects every aspect of his life.
The Problem of the Embryo (02:32)
Wieschaus is still excited about studying embryos every day. He says he was lucky to discover something in science that truly interested him and was complex enough to continue researching.
Credits: Eric Wieschaus: Passionate Scientist (Condensed Version) (00:27)
Credits: Eric Wieschaus: Passionate Scientist (Condensed Version)
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