It was the days before the two competing groups of researchers published the first draft of the human genome (released in February, 2001), and Don Kennedy was stressed out. As editor of Science, he was trying to get both groups to publish simultaneously, and in his journal. In the end, he got his first wish, but not his second. "I told somebody that if we had succeeded in that venture it would have made an issue of Science bigger than the Christmas issue of Vogue," he recalled recently. "In the end, it may be just as well that we got one and Nature got the other." Now, Kennedy is in the final days of his position at Science (Bruce Alberts linkurl:takes over; March 1), and he spoke with me about his fondest memories of the experience - and those that were less fond (think getting up in California,...

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