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Get to Know Dr. Graham

In 1965, 18-year-old John M. Graham, Jr. took first place in the International Science Fair in Zoology. His winning presentation: "Origin of Melanophores from the Neural Crest in the Chicken Embryo." His prize: $100 in scientific equipment or books of his choice. A half century later and he's still at it with the embryos. Only now he's working less with chickens and more with children.

When asked when he knew he wanted to be a medical geneticist, Dr. Graham confirmed what his first prize coup foretold. "I've been interested in embryos since high school. And in college I did research in embryology and eventually I realized that I was probably going to need to go to medical school to learn how to be a medical...