Gene Mapper

The bad boy of science has jump-started a biological revolution

When President Clinton held a press conference last June to mark what was billed as one of the most important scientific milestones of the century--the cracking of the human genetic code--two men stood together on a White House podium to share the credit. As leaders of competing genome projects, Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, and J. Craig Venter, president of Celera Genomics, were recognized, correctly, as the two most important players in the worldwide effort to spell out the 3 billion "letters" of the human genome--the biochemical recipe, encoded in our DNA, for manufacturing and operating...

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