By the time Marco Marra was finishing his PhD in Vancouver, he “had become intrigued — or maybe consumed — with the notion that genomics was revolutionary and important,” he recalls. Going into genomics for his postdoc work seemed natural.
The problem? Canada didn’t fund genomics until February of 2000. “That’s one of the reasons Canadians who’ve been interested in genomics had to leave,” Marra says. “The best and the brightest were elsewhere.”