YANG, Huanming

Professor & Chairman, BGI-China, Shenzhen

Huanming Yang Ph.D. is the co-founder and Chairman of BGI-China. He and his partners have made a significant contribution to the international HGP, HapMap, and G1K projects, as well as many other animals, plants, and microorganisms, with many publications in Science, Nature, and other internationally prestigious journals.

Dr. Yang obtained his Ph.D. from University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and postdoctoral trainings in France and USA. He was elected as an associate member of European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in 2006, an academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2007, a fellow of TWAS in 2008, a foreign associate of National Academies of India in 2009, of Germany in 2012, and of the USA in 2014.



14:30-16:00 5 NOVEMBER
PLENARY SESSION III. Confidence in science


Needed by All, Owned by All, Done by All, Shared by All.
 ─ The HGP, Genomics and Future of Man

The year of 2015 sees the 25th anniversary of initiation of the Human Genome Project (HGP), and the 15th anniversary of the completion of the first draft sequence of the human genome.

The HGP is regarded as the 2nd revolution, following the 1st revolution of the discovery of DNA double helix, in life sciences. It is also evaluated as one of the 3 important events in science in the 20th Century. It has opened a new field of biology and bioindustry, as well as provided a new technology of sequencing for biomedicine.

More importantly, the HGP has cultivated a new culture of collaboration under the HGP Spirit of “Owned by All, Done by All, Shared by All”, and has set up a brilliant example of global collaboration by both the developing and developed parts of the world.  Together with iPS and stem cell research, genome editing and animal cloning, synthetic genomics and other -omics, the HGP has “changed biology and biotech for ever” and has brought us a new opportunity for a better future of mankind and confidence of science. 

Meanwhile, it is more critical for us to raise the banner of both science and humanity, and actively participating in the discussion on HELPCESS issues, i.e. Humanity, Ethics, Legal, Public relationship/Policy making, Culture, Economy/Education, Safety/Security, and Society, that are essential to “life science for all” in the 21st century.