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2004 Gruber Genetics Prize Citation

The Genetics Prize of The Peter Gruber Foundation is hereby proudly presented to Professor Mary-Claire King, University of Washington.

By genetically locating a gene predisposing to breast cancer, King established a new paradigm for analyzing genetic contributions to common human diseases. She pioneered the use of DNA testing in human rights by identifying the orphaned children of political dissidents killed during the dark days of Argentinean dictatorship. Her intellectual contributions and her personal courage are models for how both the theory and methods of genetics may be applied to benefit humanity.