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Marlboro’s Genome Man

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“I’m not averse to having a cigarette or cigar now and then,” says North Carolina State University’s Charles Opperman — not exactly a glowing endorsement for someone who just received $17.6 million from Philip Morris. But that’s not why he’s heading up the Tobacco Genome Initiative, funded by the cigarette maker. “I work with tobacco because it’s a good host for nematodes,” Opperman says.

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