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Bioethics & Humanities Library

The Department of Bioethics & Humanities ownsReading Room
and maintains a departmental library. The library is stocked with a variety of books on topics within medical history and ethics.  Our collections are open to the public for browsing and research; however, books may not be checked out.  It is highly recommended that visitors call ahead to check availability since access to the collections is limited. For more information or to check availability, please call 206.543.5145 or send us an email. In 2001, Arno Motulsky, Professor of GenomeSciences, University of Washington, donated a large collection of his books to the Bioethics & Humanities Department.  The collection’s focus is primarily genetic and has its own section in the departmental library, known as the Motulsky Collection.

About Dr. ArnoG. Motulsky

Arno Motulsky, UWprofessor emeritus of medicine and of genome sciences, is a pioneer in human and medical genetics. The UW Division of Medical Genetics was one of the first of its kind in the world when founded in 1957. Motulsky led the division for more than 30 years.

Dr. Motulsky was also a founder of the field of Pharmacogenetics--the role of genetic variation in response to drugs. Dr. Motulsky has received many honors including election to the National Academy ofScience (NAS), the Institute of Medicine of the NAS, the American Association of Arts and Sciences,andthe American Philosophical Society. In addition to his scientific activities, Dr. Motulsky has long been interested in the social impact of human genetics (including genetic testing) and has participated in various national committees dealing with these issues.

For an engaging profile on Dr Motulsky, see the HS Newsbeat article entitled “Noted geneticist once was turned away from U.S. shores” written by Marsha Rule.



Dr. Arno G. Motulsky, a global pioneer in human genetics, died Jan. 17 in Seattle at the age of 94. Through his research, writing and mentoring, he helped create and define the field of medical genetics. He is also known as the father of pharmacogenomics, the study of how drug action and metabolism differ among people due to genetic variability... to continue reading, click the url below

https://newsroom.uw.edu/news/human-genetics-pioneer-dr-arno-g-motulsky-94-remembered UW Medicine \ Newsroom, Media contact Leila Gray:

NY Times
Obituaries: Arno Motulsky, a Founder of Medical Genetics, Dies at 94



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