NEW YORK, Aug. 15 (GenomeWeb News) - Everybody working at the Center for Applied Genomics in Newark was too busy "trying to save experiments" this morning to talk much about how the big blackout of '03, which left millions across the northeastern US and Canada without power yesterday, had affected them, according to Selena, a staff member.

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