YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – December 16, 2010 – Antioch College announced to day that alumnus Mario Capecchi '61, scientist and Nobel Laureate, will be the keynote speaker at its 2011 Alumni Reunion.
The theme of 2011's Reunion, from June 16-19, will be "Science and Invention." Capecchi is best known for his pioneering work on the development of gene targeting in mouse embryo-derived stem (ES) cells. This technology allows scientists to create mice with mutations in any desired gene. The power of this technology is that the investigator chooses both which gene to mutate and how to mutate it. The investigator has virtually complete freedom on how to manipulate the DNA sequences in the genome of living mice.
Capecchi won the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 2007 with Oliver Smithies and Martin Evans. He is also a Horace Mann Award winner.
Born in Verona, Italy, in 1937, Capecchi had a tumultuous early life, including wandering, homeless, for four years in from the north of Italy, where his mother had left him with friends before she was deported to a Nazi concentration camp, to the south, where she found him after World War II had ended. After graduating from Antioch College in 1961, he went on to earn his Ph.D. from Harvard in biophysics in 1967.
Since 1988, Capecchi has been an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute; since 1989, a professor of human genetics at the University of Utah School of Medicine; and since 1993, the Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics and Biology. He is also co-chairman of the Department of Human Genetics.
More information on Antioch College's Reunion will be posted as it becomes available on http://antiochcollege.org/alumni/reunion.
Gariot P. Louima
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