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Pioneering Proteomics

1983... Somewhere in the United States of America...

“I really should combine my interests in biology, chemistry and mass spectrometry. What’s out there? OK. MS-based protein sequencing looks like the future. And that means there are really only two serious options: the laboratory of Don Hunt at the University of Virginia or Klaus Biemann’s lab at MIT...”

The wonder years

I grew up in a military family, which meant moving often, changing schools and making new friends. One advantage to the nomadic lifestyle was crisscrossing the US several times and visiting spectacular sights like the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert, redwood forests, and meteor craters – you can’t look at the Grand Canyon and not wonder how and why! It was a really natural introduction to wondering about ‘life and nature’.

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About the Author

John Yates

John Yates is Ernest W. Hahn Professor of Chemical Physiology and Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology at The Scripps Research Institute, LaJolla, California, USA. He was recently named Editor of the Journal of Proteome Research. 

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