For more than 50 years, Victor McElheny has been writing about science. He's covered everything from Sputnik to the human genome, written for magazines and newspapers in the US and Europe, served as the inaugural director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's Banbury Center, founded the Knight Science Journalism Fellowships at MIT, and written a biography of James Watson. He was present at Cold Spring Harbor lab when, on June 3, 1986, the first large, public argument about the genome was held.

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