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Abstract The Eleanor Roosevelt Institute (ERI), Denver, Colorado was founded in 1959 to promote biomedical and genetic research as a cost-effective, long-term approach to the conquest of human afflictions like cancer, premature aging, birth defects and genetic diseases. Theodore Thomas Puck, Ph.D. (1916-2005), the Institute's founding scientist, was a geneticist and a pioneer of somatic cell genetics and single-cell plating (cloning) and later studied the genetic causes of cancer. The collection...