The Big Thing (NY Times Style)

My friend, Michael Shapiro, is sequencing the pigeon genome. This is not as trivial as it sounds. They make a wonderful model for evolutionary stories.

But the top ad in yesterday’s NYTimes was “THE NEXT BIG THING”. It was for a car or something, but right below was a picture of Mike’s gorgeous pigeons:


Beyond being an incredible evolutionary developmental biologist, Mike is also a feminist, thought he might not jump to call himself that. I know he turned down a glamour job to make sure his wife was employed where she wanted to be. I’ve got nothing but respect for him.




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