Luke Timmerman at Xconomy Seattle recently sat down with Lee Hartwell, now 70, to discuss his current ambitions — Hartwell was recently elected chief scientist of the Arizona State University Biodesign Institute. "His vision is to create a new wave of precise and predictive diagnostic tests, based on systematic analyses of all sorts of proteins in the blood that could be early warning signs of disease," Timmerman writes.

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