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Tackling Biology With No Holds Barred, at 800 Miles Per Hour

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Science  14 Jul 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5477, pp. 233
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5477.233

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Peter Schultz launched his academic career by exploring what made living organisms such powerful synthetic chemists. His work led him to conclude that the key to nature's success was its strategy of generating millions of possible chemical solutions to a problem and then screening for the ones that worked best. Now Schultz is applying this approach to working out the functions of the thousands of unknown genes being turned out by the world's genome projects.