In a post titled, "In the Words of Sydney Brenner," Larry Moran wraps up several pithy statements that Brenner has made over the years (some of them were compiled in a book by Stephen Jay Gould). Some of GTO's favorites:

"I spent 20 years sharing an office with Francis Crick and many new and exciting ideas (both right and wrong) were generated from our conversations."

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