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Slower than Breakneck

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I was in college when the first draft of the human genome came out. Not long after, Craig Venter came to my university to speak at convocation about the Human Genome Project — the biology department was quite excited and many of us biology majors went, despite usually skipping convocation to do almost anything else. The title of Venter's talk was "Sequencing the Human Genome: Gateway to a New Era in Science and Medicine." At the 10th anniversary of the draft genome last year, some of that ebullience was glaringly absent.

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