Huntsville, Ala. — HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is hosting a book discussion for “One in a Billion: the Story of Nic Volker and the Dawn of Genomic Medicine,” a compelling read that details the diagnostic odyssey of Nic Volker, a four-year-old boy with an unknown disease who was the first person on earth whose life was saved through genomic sequencing.

HudsonAlpha faculty investigators Howard Jacob, PhD; Liz Worthey, PhD; David Bick, MD; and Joe Lazar, MD, PhD; were all involved in this major scientific breakthrough and will lead the discussion.

The authors, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Mark Johnson and Kathleen Gallagher, make it easy to understand the significance of this achievement as they tell a gripping personal story of a family’s medical odyssey.

The free event will take place in the HudsonAlpha auditorium on Thursday, September 15, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

You may purchase the book in area bookstores or online. To register, visit

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About HudsonAlpha: HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a nonprofit institute dedicated to innovating in the field of genomic technology and sciences across a spectrum of biological challenges. Opened in 2008, its mission is four-fold: sparking scientific discoveries that can impact human health and well-being; bringing genomic medicine into clinical care; fostering life sciences entrepreneurship and business growth; and encouraging the creation of a genomics-literate workforce and society. The HudsonAlpha biotechnology campus consists of 152 acres nestled within Cummings Research Park, the nation’s second largest research park. Designed to be a hothouse of biotech economic development, HudsonAlpha’s state-of-the-art facilities co-locate nonprofit scientific researchers with entrepreneurs and educators. The relationships formed on the HudsonAlpha campus encourage collaborations that produce advances in medicine and agriculture. Under the leadership of Dr. Richard M. Myers, a key collaborator on the Human Genome Project, HudsonAlpha has become a national and international leader in genetics and genomics research and biotech education, and includes more than 30 diverse biotech companies on campus. To learn more about HudsonAlpha, visit: