From GenomeWeb yesterday I saw some news that made me smile.
Johns Hopkins University professor Victor McKusick was awarded the Japan Prize in Medical Genetics and Genomics, and will collect the $465,000 purse that goes along with the honor.
McKusick published the first edition of the Mendelian Inheritance in Man, a compendium of inherited disorders, in 1966. He will receive his award in Tokyo on April 23.
The press release with more information a Johns Hopkins is here.
When I was a post-doc at The Jackson Laboratory I took that 2-week course that they offer. Victor McKusick was there–and there was a drawing for a copy of Mendelian Inheritance in Man. It was the last volume that was going to be issued in print form because of the massive size it had reached, if I remember correctly. But the winner had the option of the CD version–much better for traveling scientists, I’m sure.
Of course, we can visit OMIM today to see it all. Did you know–this amazing resource started on index cards? From index cards to the Japan Prize. Very very neat.