“Holy guanine, Batman!” Superheroes and genetic genius at the frontiers of science

In a chilly room at Huntsville’s HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, a multi-million dollar band of superheroes is solving genetic puzzles from around the globe. In the hands of Shawn Levy, Ph.D., and his crack team of sequencing experts, these next-generation machines are a centerpiece of the UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine, which is tackling cancer, Parkinson’s disease and other top health threats. They have also helped make Alabama a global leader in genetic discovery.

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