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Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Pioneering Human Genetics

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

 
 
Pioneering Human Genetics Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 29, 2010
1. Pioneering Human Genetics Marker
Inscription. While a University of Wisconsin genetics professor from 1960 to 1988, Oliver Smithies pioneered the targeted genetic modification of mouse embryonic stem cells. This discovery led to the development of "knockout" mice, which became an indispensable tool for studying the function of mammalian genes and understanding the root causes of human diseases. His earlier invention of gel electrophoresis also led to numerous molecular biology discoveries, including the sequencing of the human genome. Smithies shared the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine.

This historic marker is made possible by a grant from the UW Foundation.
 
Erected 2001 by UW Foundation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the University of Wisconsin marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.437′ N, 89° 24.605′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of Henry Mall and University Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Henry Mall. Click for map. The marker is in front of the Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building on the University of Wisconsin campus. Marker is at or near this postal address: 425 Henry Mall, Madison WI 53706, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
Pioneering Human Genetics Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 29, 2010
2. Pioneering Human Genetics Marker
Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building, with the marker on the left
distance of this marker. Treatment of Iron Deficiency Anemia (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneering Bacterial Genetics (within shouting distance of this marker); First Chemical Synthesis of a Gene (within shouting distance of this marker); Eliminating Pellagra (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Controlling Blood Clotting (about 300 feet away); Discovery of Vitamins A and B (about 300 feet away); The Nurses Dormitory (about 400 feet away); Forging Agrarian Democracy (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
 
More about this marker. This marker is part of a series commemorating the sesquicentennial of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
 
Also see . . .  Oliver Smithies - Nobel Prize Autobiography. (Submitted on July 8, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. 20th CenturyEducationNotable PersonsScience & Medicine
 
Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 29, 2010
3. Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building
Agricultural Hall image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 25, 2010
4. Agricultural Hall
According to the UW web site, "Built in 1902, Agricultural Hall was designed as the administrative and research home of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The building remains almost entirely unmodified and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985."
Auditorium and Library, Hall of Agriculture image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 24, 2010
5. Auditorium and Library, Hall of Agriculture
Back entrance to Agricultural Hall
Detail on Agricultural Hall image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 24, 2010
6. Detail on Agricultural Hall
Symbol of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 469 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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