Since first attending the Marco Island conference two years ago, Meredith Salisbury has been hearing increased concern from scientists at midsize genome sequencing centers. With the Human Genome Project wrapping up, those concerns are meeting reality, prompting her story, “Survival of the Fittest?” (p. 30). This year, Salisbury headed back to Marco Island but dreaded seeing Rick Wilson, who would undoubtedly make fun of her alma mater’s lackluster football post-season.

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