Vernon M. Ingram
Discovered Genetic Mutation for Sickle Cell Anemia
On August 17, 2006, long-time friend and grant recipient of the Hereditary
Disease Foundation,Vernon M. Ingram died in Boston at the age of 82. Vernon
had attended the HDF Biennial Symposium in Cambridge, MA the previous
weekend. His recent research focused on neuroscience, including Huntingtonís
disease and Alzheimerís disease.
A molecular biologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,Vernon was best known for his discovery, in the early 1950s, that a single genetic mutation
caused the blood disease sickle cell anemia. We know today that many diseases
such as Huntingtonís disease, hemophilia, and cystic fibrosis, are similarly known
to result from alterations in a single gene.
Vernonís legendary curiosity and enthusiasm will be missed!