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REPEAT: May 1, 2002

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Instead of studying people who become obese and diabetic on a modern diet, we should study people who stay thin and control their blood-glucose levels regardless of what they eat. The big challenge is in the acquisition of research subjects who have these “super-healthy” phenotypes. They do not show up at hospitals looking for treatment.

— Maynard Olson, after speaking at CHI’s Tri-Genome Meeting in February

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