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Washington University's in-house newspaper has a good profile of Elaine Mardis. If you've never gotten to know the genome center's co-director and sequencing guru, it's worth a read -- if for no other reason than to know that she's got a black belt in tae kwon do and it is probably unwise to make sudden movements near her at conferences.

 

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