Steven Salzberg

Professor, Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, and Biostatistics

Director, Center for Computational Biology

McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Blogs: My column and my blog at

Lab Members

In the News

  1. 1Interview on the NPR show On Point, with host Tom Ashbrook, 9 January 2014.

  2. 2Steven Salzberg receives the 2012 Balles Prize in Critical Thinking for his science column at Forbes (awarded in late 2013).

  3. 3Steven Salzberg receives the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Award for Open Access in the Life Sciences at Bio-IT World 2013.

  4. 4Interview (video) on Huffington Post Live on patenting human genes, 16 April 2013.

  5. 5Interview with GeneWatch on the medical promise of sequencing, Dec 2012.

  6. 6Interview on NPR’s podcast, Shots, on multivitamins and cancer, 29 Oct 2012.

  7. 7Interview on vaccines, flu, and whooping cough, on the Kojo Nnamdi show (WAMU radio), 21 Aug 2012

  8. 8What biologists should know about genome assembly, a Technology Feature article in Nature Methods

  9. 9Interview on Midday with Dan Rodricks, on Alternative Medicine, WYPR public radio, 25 Oct 2011

  10. 10How anthrax sleuths cracked the case by decoding genetic fingerprints (Washington Post, 16 Apr 2011)

  11. 11Gene patent ruling criticized (New York Times, 1 Nov 2010)

  12. 12A challenge to patented genetic testing (Genomics Law Report, 11 Oct 2010)

  13. 13More than a chicken, fewer than a grape (counting the number of human genes) Science News, 6 Nov 2010.

  14. 14Swine flu genes from pigs only, not birds (Wired Magazine, April 2009)

  15. 15Origin of Species: How a T. Rex Femur Sparked a Scientific Smackdown (Wired Magazine, June 2009)

  16. 16Microbial genes in the human genome? (Scope Forum, Science magazine, 2001)

  17. 17The Meaning of Life (Science News, 29 April 2000)

Editorials and opinion pieces

Sequestration: inadvertently killing biomedical research to score political points.  J.T. Leek and S.L. Salzberg, Genome Biology (2013), 14:109

The perils of gene patentsClinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics 91:6 (2012), 969-971.

A triumph of hype over reality.  (Response to a feature article on New-Age medicine).  Online forum in The Atlantic, June 16, 2011.

Penn State should cancel its football season, a debate in The New York Times, November 11, 2011.

No one should own your genes: Patents on human genes stifle science and innovation, my editorial in the Baltimore Sun, November 2010.

The contents of the syringe, my Nature commentary on the influenza vaccine, 10 July 2008. Also in PubMed Central.

My opinion piece on genome annotation from Genome Biology, 1 February 2007 (subscription may be required; email me for a reprint).

My editorial on evolution and the flu from The Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper, Nov 2, 2005.

Our letter to the editor of Nature in favor of rapid release of influenza genome data, Nature 440 (30 Mar 2006), 605.

It is time to end the patenting of software.  J. Quackenbush and S.L. Salzberg.  Bioinformatics 22:12 (2006), 1416-7.

Beware of mis-assembled genomes.  S.L. Salzberg and J.A. Yorke.  Bioinformatics 21:24 (2005), 4320-21.

Our letter to the editor of Nature in favor of unrestricted access to genome data (with Ewan Birney, Sean Eddy, and Owen White), Nature 422 (2003), 801.

The Salzberg lab is supported in part by the NIH under grants R01-HG006677, R01-HG006102, and R01-GM083873, and by the USDA under grant 2011-67009-30030.