Graham Ruby says it all started with a "bit of a metagenomics problem." As a postdoc in Joseph DeRisi's lab at the University of California, San Francisco, Ruby was working to distinguish novel viral sequences in clinical mucus samples from infants with idiopathic respiratory illnesses.

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