Hanging out at the University of California San Diego watering hole one evening during the Bioinformatics Open Source Consortium, a young researcher from the Berkeley Drosophila Program turned to his colleague and whispered with the kind of reverence generally reserved for rock stars, “Hey, that’s LINCOLN STEIN.” Although Stein isn’t known for playing in a rock ‘n’ roll band, he has achieved celebrity status among bioinformaticists.

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