Face it, you're an agent!
Scientists should really consider themselves professional promoters-promoters not too different from the type portrayed in a not-to-be-mentioned recent movie (it made enough money). Our clients are not jocks looking for some franchise to pick up a multi-year contract; our clients are genes that have biologically-athletic capabilities. Consider that genes are not just average run-of-the-mill sequences playing weekend pick-up games whenever they get enough friends together. They have reached "professional status" as the result of being highly evolved to respond efficiently and perform incredibly specialized functions. Proteins have achieved things, have accomplished things, that are difficult for us to reverse-engineer even a poor version of. These "professional" proteins have talent and years of experience that allow them to play in the big leagues. Luckily there are enough genes around for everyone to represent!

For most genes, proteins are the athletic embodiment of these professional activities. Our...

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