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A year ago this month, the face-off between public and private sector scientists was widespread news. Human genomes were published in competing journals and the dueling generals met in Washington to celebrate their sequencing success. (Hard to believe that was just one year ago, isn’t it?) Francis Collins showed up on public television programs such as “Nova” and “The Charlie Rose Show” cast as the good-hearted government guy. Craig Venter and his team of Nerf-gun-toting bioinformatics bandits got sexy coverage in Esquire and The New Yorker.

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