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Beware the South Beach Bus

What does it take to start a genomics center from scratch? Try nearly $1 billion and a massive influx of top-notch scientists: more than 50 from Duke's genome center, 30 from the University of Michigan, 20 from UCLA, 10 from Columbia, and seven from Hopkins, according to this article in the Miami Herald. Apparently Miami President Donna Shalala sees the new Institute for Human Genomics as a key step in becoming "one of the world's great research universities," as she's quoted in the story.

We're not sure how it's really going down, but GTO envisions Shalala driving a bus to each of these universities and packing up scientists as they head out for lunch. If you don't want to wind up in South Beach, be careful next time you leave your genomics institute.


The Scan

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