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New York State of Mind


I enjoyed your editorial “Wish Lists and Wishful Thinking” (January 2003, p. 6). As a staffing consultant for On Assignment, Lab Support, I realize and understand the potential New York possesses for the scientific industry. I have met with startup companies at the local incubators and have also helped individuals find positions as many companies abandon their foundations for “greener pastures.” I like to look at it as the “Long Island Exodus.” I have served the genomics industry for three-plus years, with Celera Genomics in Rockville — the Biotechnological Corridor, as they call it.

After accomplishing and co-authoring the human and mouse genomes, I moved to New York City to identify the victims of September 11th with Project Soaring Eagle via mtDNA analysis. I decided to remain in New York and serve as a staffing consultant to a broad range of scientific institutions in the area. New York City and Long Island do have the potential to become the next biotechnological corridor and I appreciate you addressing that potential.

Reginald Thomas, Jr., Staffing Consultant, Lab Support

Watson by Degrees

I enjoyed the blurb on the second coming of James D. Watson (“Watson a Name? The Other James D. Goes to Burrill,” February 2003, p. 16). But, in drawing parallels between the two, how could you overlook the obvious — that both of them graduated from Indiana University (James the Original a PhD and James the Impostor an MBA)? Should I stop correcting people when they say GT only writes superficial news, and doesn’t scratch much below the surface? No, I think you do just fine. Thanks.

Paul Eder, Director, Message Pharmaceuticals

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