I wonder what Anonymous("Venter?") thinks are the qualities of a true scientist? \n\nPerhaps someone driven by curiosity and wanting to contribute with his abilities to the improvement of knowledge that can profit mankind? Someone who has revolutionized technology by refusing to accept the narrow mindedness of a clique of nay-sayers? Someone with the intellect to see what was necessary to drive this advance rapidly and at a reasonable cost? Someone able of convincing other scientists to join his vision and able to find funding in innovative ways? If that is part of being a scientist, then Craig Venter certainly is THE scientist of the last decade of the last millenium. \n\nBut perhaps 'anonymous' was thinking of the "US in-crowd" of the late 70s and 80s, and their army of technicians, graduate students, and foreign post-docs who were constantly bickering over carving up the ? 3 billion public funded "human genome grant pie" they had set up for themselves. Has science come down to this? I think not. \n\nIn a similar vein of thought, perhaps it is also high time to ask for a re-evaluation (cost/benefit) of the scientific (or any other) use of the current massive expansion of genome-wide association (GWA) studies to define disease-associated regions. Could it be that on the eve of a massive price reduction in the area of sequencing technology a two year moratorium might be sensible, in order to better invest the money in other scientif projects?