6 Aug 2016

Euan Ashley; athletes and genetics

From Saturday Morning, 9:08 am on 6 August 2016

Dr Euan Ashley is one of the leaders of a new, integrated approach to the science of genetics.

Euan Ashley

Euan Ashley. Photo: supplied

It is an approach that, rather than trying to find new treatments for disease by close examination of the sick, looks to the fittest amongst us for clues.

Cardiologist and systems biologist Dr Ashley is Associate Professor of Medicine and Genetics at Stanford University in California.

In 2010 he led the team who mapped carried out the first clinical interpretation of the human genome.

 He is director of the Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease, the Clinical Genomics service, and Chair of the Biomedical Data Science Initiative.

He, and his team are now looking for what have been described as Superhero genes.

Dr Ashley speaks with Kim Hill about his work.