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Repeat: Oct 1, 2003


“No accomplishment by the Department of Energy ranks higher than our historic role in the sequencing of the human genome. Under [Francis Collins’] leadership, the Human Genome Project was finished two and a half years ahead of schedule and 10 percent below the estimated cost. It is just not possible to overstate the difficulty and historical importance of what Francis Collins accomplished. It was Ari — and perhaps it could only have been Ari — who brought together the public and private sector genome programs for a joint announcement on the significant progress the two efforts were making.”

— Excerpted from Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham’s presention to Francis Collins and Aristides Patrinos last month of the DOE’s highest honor, the Secretary’s Gold Award, for their leadership of the HGP

The Scan

And For Adolescents

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