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The genetecist & the biochemist: Bill Sullivan & Doug Kellogg

Wednesday, May 5, 2004

Two decade-old parables illustrating the differences between geneticists and biochemists and the relative merits of the two approaches strike a chord with today's scientists, even as the two approaches are merging to become complementary cornerstones of modern biomedical research.

Bill Sullivan, a geneticist, and Doug Kellogg, a biochemist, both from the Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, launched a friendly debate about the relative merits of their two approaches to solving the mysteries of biology in the 1990's, when each published his own story about the pitfalls of the other's system.

These two essays, in the form of parables, have been widely reprinted and posted ever since.