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Jaenisch is one of the founders of transgenic science (gene transfer to create mouse models of human disease). His lab has produced mouse models leading to new understanding of cancers and various neurological diseases.
He received his doctorate in medicine from the University of Munich in 1967. He came to the Whitehead from the University of Hamburg in Germany, where he was head of the Department of Tumor Virology at the Heinrich Pette Institute.
Jaenisch received the 2002 Robert Koch Prize for Excellence in Scientific Achievement. In 2003, he was awarded the Charles Rodolphe Brupbacher Prize for basic research in oncology and was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Jaenisch is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Microbiology, and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Human Cloning and Human Rights: Promises and Perils
as author at MIT World Series: Science, Technology and Human Rights,
together with: Stephen P. Marks,
Nuclear Cloning and Cell Therapy: Fact and Fiction
as author at MIT World Series - Director's Lecture Series for Non Scientists,
Mammalian Cloning and Stem Cell Therapy: Problems and Promise
as author at MIT World Series: Technology Day 2003 Fast Times at MIT: What’s New, What’s Next - Now What?,