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John Sulston (1942–2018)

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Science  13 Apr 2018:
Vol. 360, Issue 6385, pp. 157
DOI: 10.1126/science.aat6705

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Sir John Sulston, a pivotal figure in the Human Genome Project, died on 6 March 2018. He was 75. His extraordinary ability to tackle and solve biological problems of immense scale and vision, coupled with his lifelong commitment to ethics, shaped the Caenorhabditis elegans nematode and human genome communities. Sulston shared the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries in organ development and programmed cell death. In addition to his earlier work, Sulston will be remembered for leading the British effort to sequence the human genome and defending free access to the data.