Computer Kid Makes Good

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Science  07 May 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5979, pp. 683
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5979.683

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Richard "Ed" Green, the postdoctoral fellow in charge of the Neandertal sequencing project at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, developed methods to control contamination by putting bar codes on all DNA coming from the fossils. He and his colleagues cut down on the amount of DNA to be deciphered by cutting up much of the bacterial DNA so that the sequencing reactions ignored it. Everyone, especially Green, stresses the team effort involved. And yet Green, 37, still stands out.