William L. Dewey looks at this week's meeting of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology with an air of bemused satisfaction. "It's like going to a buffet lunch when you're really hungry and there's more there than you can eat," says Dewey, FASEB's president. "Too much good stuff."

The organization's 74th annual meeting - taking place in Washington, D.C., from April 1 to 5 - is sponsored by four of the six FASEB corporate member societies (the American Physiological Society, the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, the American Association of Pathologists, and the American Institute of Nutrition) and three guest societies (the Biomedical Engineering Society, the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, and the International Society for Bioelectricity). The meeting is expected to draw 10,000 scientists.

If each attendee could be cloned and if the days "could be stretched out to 30 hours," says Dewey, maybe...

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