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Although I am the kind of person who knew she wanted to work in human genetics since she was young, I have always found it hard to specialize and work on only one problem at a time. My undergraduate degree was in both genetics and biochemistry, which are normally in two different schools, even though they are intimately related. Thus, there were a lot of extra courses and negotiations between two advisors to get the curricula to fit. I earned my Ph.D. in genetics, but in a department of biochemistry. My projects began with human DNA variation and population/evolutionary genetics, but shifted to early adoption of the yeast two-hybrid system (still gives me nightmares), then delved into in vitro RNA-binding and hardcore protein work, and finished up with an amalgam of DNA structure analysis, ...