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My research had focused on understanding how proteins can recognize specific sites on double-stranded DNA and how the bound proteins can regulate gene expression. However, impelled by deeper questions about the meaning and limits of human knowledge, I resigned my academic appointments (at MIT and HHMI) to work on "theories of thought." Most recently, I have been a Visiting Professor at Caltech, teaching a course on "The World in 2050," and - as described on my web site - I'm finishing a book that offers new ways of thinking, new ways of addressing our global problems, and new hope for the human future.

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Section 29: Biophysics and Computational Biology