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The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia named George Church the recipient of its 2011 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science. The Harvard geneticist — who's being lauded for his "creative contributions to genomic science, including the development of DNA sequencing technologies, as well as for his subsequent efforts to promote personal genomics and synthetic biology" — will receive the $250,000 award at a ceremony in April.

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