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Paired Ends: Harris Lewin

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Harris Lewin, the vice chancellor for research and professor of evolution and ecology at the University of California, Davis, has been elected to the National Academy of the Sciences.

Lewin is also a member of the UC Davis Genome Center. Previously, he was the founding director of the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He played a leading role in the sequencing of the bovine genome. He holds a PhD in immunology from UC Davis.

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