- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 28, 2002

Ex-Celera chief says study includes his DNA
Former Celera Genomics Corp. President J. Craig Venter admitted his own genome was used for the company's landmark map of the human genetic structure.
Mr. Venter said yesterdaySat that he was one of five anonymous donors the company used to complete the job two years ago.
The research has already helped Mr. Venter personally he has found a gene related to heart disease in his genome and is taking medicine to ward off any future problems.
Mr. Venter, who left Rockville-based Celera earlier this year, said he decided to take part in the study to ease fears that mapping the human genome could erode privacy and lead to genetic discrimination.

NRA takes credit for Bush's win
RENO, Nev. National Rifle Association leaders yesterday took credit for President Bush's election win, saying their next aim is to unseat gun-control advocates in Congress and defeat campaign-finance reform in court.
"You are why Al Gore isn't in the White House," NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre told more than 4,500 delegates at the NRA's 131st annual meeting.
"No other group could have done what we did collectively in 2000, and now it's time to finish the job," NRA lobbyist James Jay Baker said. "The Senate is the hole in our armor. The Senate is our battleground."

Lincoln documents donated to collection
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. The state's collection of Abraham Lincoln artifacts and documents billed as the world's largest has grown by more than 500, and it now includes notes written by campaign aides, close friends and the Civil War president himself.
The materials arrived Friday and will be added to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, part of which will open in November.
Some provide new information about Lincoln, confirm what was already believed or add new insights to previously known facts, said Illinois State Historian Tom Schwartz.
In one note, a campaign aide complains that Lincoln's 1858 Senate campaign was being badly managed. In another, Lincoln's close friend advises a congressman not to cross Mary Todd Lincoln on the location of her late husband's burial.
Also among the materials, a 157-year-old deed is written in Lincoln's hand for a piece of property near his home.

Rescuers find dog on tanker
HONOLULU A dog aboard an abandoned fuel tanker finally has some company after 24 days alone at sea.
The crew of a tugboat rescued the dog from the tanker on Friday, a Coast Guard spokesman said. The rescuers found 2-year-old Forgea on deck and put her inside a portable kennel, Chief Petty Officer Tyler Johnson said.

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