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Where Are They Now?: Jul 1, 2003

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In last July’s issue of Genome Technology, our cover story gave you an in-depth look at genomics research at NIH, starting with an interview with NHGRI’s Francis Collins. He spoke in particular about his institute’s dedication to technology development, spending about $25 million each year on it. That money could be paying off for the genomics community. NHGRI helps fund many grants for new sequencing technologies — and, as you’ll see on page 40 of this issue, some of those technologies could be ready to go in a few years or less.

The July 2002 issue also looked at Gene Codes, which was working overtime using its bioinformatics expertise to identify the remains of victims of the World Trade Center disaster. Just three months later, we announced that Howard Cash, head of the company, was chosen by our readers as the Genome Technology All-Star Person of the Year for that work.

 

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