While the rest of the time zone was settling down to primetime television last night, the genetics community gathered here in Philadelphia was settling in for its own evening of entertainment. ASHG's evening symposium, organized by Aravinda Chakravarti from Hopkins, featured the big guns of genomics: Craig Venter, Richard Gibbs, Svante Paabo, and Jeff Gordon (of human microbiome fame).

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