Fred Sanger died today aged 95. A sad day for science but one where we can remember the phenomenal impact his work has had on us all. Of course being a genomics lab makes his work all the more important, but almost everything done in biology makes use of his advances in the form of sequence data.
We don't use Sanger sequencing as much as before, nearly all the biology I'm involved in uses next-generation sequencing. But I am sure Shankar Balasubramanian, David Klenerman, Johnathan Rothberg and George Church will all be raising their glasses to one of modern sciences greats.
The Cambridge News and The Telegraph both have very good obituaries.
Goodbye Fred. I wish I'd met him!