Hank: Hello, this is Hank Green, for a special episode of SciShow where we're gonna be interviewing Carl Zimmer, who is a science writer of great renown. Uh, We're really excited to have him here. And he has been working on a project where he got his entire genome sequenced - which is different from what you might hear about with 23andMe where you spit into a tube. That is a more limited version of what Carl has done - not only getting his entire genome sequenced but also getting it delivered to him whole so that he could have it for himself, and he could have himself on his hard drive, and then working with a bunch of scientists to tell him exactly what it all means (well I mean not exactly) - some of what it all means. So I'm really pleased to have Carl Zimmer, winner of the 2016 Stephen J. Gould Prize, congratulations on that by the way. Hello Carl!
Hank: Uh, What's it like to win the Stephen J. Gould Prize?
Carl: Oh, it's a, that's a very big honor. Yeah, I mean, I grew up reading Stephen J. Gould essays, so being able to get an award in his name means a lot to me as - now that I'm a science writer.
Hank: Yeah. That's fantastic. Congratulations. Um, what is it like to get you delivered to you on a hard drive?
Carl: Um, It's - it's pretty disconcerting. I mean, you know, I like literally have this thing on my desk, just - that's it. That is - that is me. That is my genome, and you know, it showed up one day, and plugged it into my computer and we were off to the races. So it's uh- [words spoken over by Hank]
Hank: I mean, they delivered it to you on like a monogrammed, embossed, hard drive. That's a beautiful thing. It should have had your name on it.