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John Marburger, a Democrat appointed last year as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy for the White House, is in a key position to keep genomics on the radar of federal policy makers. Former head of DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, he oversaw the lab’s role in the Human Genome Project as well as its proteomics program. Marburger took some time to answer GT’s questions about his post, the future of genomics, and federal funding.

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