I’d expect that all of these advances in genomics were the product of hundreds of people over decades. It’s a shame that the experimentalists looked down upon the naturalists and -in general- the describers of things. Siddhartha includes a quote earlier in the book (maybe in a chapter’s foreword) that implies both are needed; I agree with this quote. For some experimentalists to look down upon the describers, I think that’s unfortunate. I see that happen in my own field of statistics, where theoretical statisticians generally view themselves as better than applied statisticians. It’s elitist and sad.