Thomas Caskey, telephone interview by Kathryn Maxson and Robert Cook-Deegan, conducted
from Durham, NC, 2 March 2012. Caskey directed the genome center at Baylor College
of Medicine—a recipient of some of the first NIH HGP mapping and early sequencing
grants—until 1994. (In 1996 this center became the Baylor Human Genome Sequencing
Center, ultimately one of the five most productive sequencing centers of the HGP.)
After leaving Baylor, Caskey became Senior Vice President, Human Genetics and Vaccines
Discovery, at Merck Research Laboratories, where he oversaw funding for the Merck
Gene Index Project. This initiative, a partnership with Washington University in St.
Louis, used Merck funds to place EST sequences in the public domain for research and
development. This transcript is available beginning 1 July 2014. Keywords: Human Genome
Project, HGP, interview, Bermuda Principles, Bermuda Accord, International Strategy
Meetings on Human Genome Sequencing, data sharing, science policy, genomics, genome,
genome sequence, genetics, DNA sequence, DNA, deoxyribonucleic acid, NIH, National
Institutes of Health, DOE, Department of Energy, Baylor College of Medicine, Baylor
Human Genome Sequencing Center, G-5, Merck, Merck Research Laboratories, Merck Gene
Index Project, EST sequencing, Thomas Caskey.