By Febrauary Talbot’s travel schedule was full His first trip took him to San Francisco to visit UCSF and Stanford to visit Since neither school had yet issued him a formal acceptance he was a little nervous about how his in terviews would go. At UCSF he pressed with the friendliness of the faculty and their apparent interest in him. "They asked me what I wanted to talk about," he recalls.

At Stanford Talbot liked the biochemistry departments small close-knit feeling. And he hit it off well with David Hogness, a developmental biologist whose work he admired. "He asked me abo ut the work I had done as an undergraduate," ,“said Talbot. L “Then he told me abo ut the pro jects he had in his lab for graduate students. He asked where I was app lying and recommended good people to work with at each place. Nobody did that,...

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