Friday, October 4, 2019

In Memoriam: Jo Messing, Developer of Shotgun Sequencing

The DNA sequencing community lost one of its founding fathers last month with the death of Jo Messing, director of the Waksman Institute at Rutgers University. Dr. Messing, who died at the age of 73, developed shotgun sequencing and the M13 sequencing vector used for cloning in the 1980s. Because he declined to patent this work, it was freely available and quickly became the foundation for a burgeoning molecular genetics field. Dr. Messing’s scientific acumen and commitment to innovation in DNA sequencing remained a guiding force for the community throughout his life. In a PNAS paper published just a few…

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