Genomics: "We're Steadily Marching"

Richard Gibbs, a pioneer in genetic research, explains why progress has been slower than expected but treatments are on the way

When it was announced with huge fanfare in the summer of 2000 that researchers had successfully charted the entire genetic code of human beings, two scientists -- Craig Venter and Francis Collins -- received most of the attention. Yet the historic deciphering of the human genome was the work of many pioneers. One of the most prominent is Richard Gibbs, director and founder of the Human Genome Sequencing Center at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

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