Science: James Watson Puts On a New Hat

The renowned scientist takes charge of the genome project

More than three decades ago, American biologist James Watson co-starred in one of the scientific world's greatest dramas. Together with Britain's Francis Crick, he solved the puzzle of life itself by discovering that DNA -- the genetic material found in virtually every living cell -- was arranged in the long, twisting strands of a double helix. Watson, 60, is once again playing a key role in an audacious genetic adventure. This week the National Institutes of Health announced that the Nobelist will lead the agency in one of the most mammoth scientific endeavors ever: mapping and analyzing all the genetic material...

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