Kevin Davies

  • Author, Cracking the Genome
  • Guggenheim Fellow 2017
  • Executive Editor, The CRISPR Journal
  • Founding Editor, Nature Genetics


British science writer Kevin Davies, Ph.D., is the author of Cracking the Genome (translated into 15 languages), an inside account of the race for the Human Genome Project hailed by one reviewer as “A rollicking good tale about an enduring intellectual monument.” His book, The $1000 Genome, details the revolution in personal medicine as individuals can affordably read their complete DNA sequence. 

Supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, Kevin is writing a new book on the new genome editing technology known as CRISPR, which has profound implications for medicine, science and humanity. He is the founding executive editor of The CRISPR Journal.

Kevin’s presentation combines personal insights, humor, cutting-edge science and a gift for making the impact of 21st-century technology and genetic science accessible to a very broad audience.


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"Kevin's talk was very well received...there were about 200+ people who stayed specifically for his presentation so it clearly was a large draw." - Jamie Berendt, The American College of Rheumatology

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Kevin Davies
  • NDCHealth
  • British Colombia Pharmacy Association
  • Association of Home Office Underwriters
  • Takeda / Millennium
  • Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference
  • Truven Top 100 Hospitals
  • The American College of Rheumatology
  • International Symposium of Human Identification
  • Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research
  • Informa
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CRISPR and Gene Editing


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The Human Genome Project


Personalized Medicine and Consumer Genomics


Medical Ethics in the Post-Genome Era


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Kevin Davies, Ph.D., is a British author and science writer who covers advances in genomics and personalized medicine, including gene editing.

Kevin is the author of books including Cracking the Genome, an inside account of the race for the Human Genome Project hailed by one reviewer as “A rollicking good tale about an enduring intellectual monument.” His book, The $1000 Genome, detailed the revolution in personalized medicine and next-generation genome sequencing. He is also the co-author of DNA: The Story of the Genetic Revolution (Knopf, 2017), with Nobel laureate James Watson. His first book, Breakthrough (co-authored with Michael White) told the story of the race for the BRCA1 breast cancer gene.

Davies is currently the Executive Editor of 
The CRISPR Journal, He is the founding editor of Nature Genetics and former Editor-in-Chief at Cell Press. He also served as Editor-in-Chief of Bio-IT World, a magazine covering technology in the life sciences.

A frequent commentator on genome issues in print, television and radio, Davies has delivered engaging lectures on the Human Genome Project and its impact to diverse audiences around the world. Kevin is currently working on a new book on genome editing, supported by the award of a coveted Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2017. 

A graduate of Oxford University, Davies earned his PhD in genetics from St Mary’s hospital, University of London. He emigrated to the United States in 1987 to pursue postdoctoral research with fellowships at MIT and Harvard Medical School before moving into science publishing. He currently lives in the New York area.