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Contagious enthusiasm

George F. Gao, right, is working on a joint research project with his counterparts at the University of Tokyo.

BEIJING -- George F. Gao is a world authority on viruses, and his cheerful demeanor is no less infectious than the bugs he works with.

     "Domo. Hajimemashite. (Hi! How do you do?) Is my pronunciation correct?" His carefree affability gives the impression of a talented and successful person who has encountered few troubles in life. His actual life has been full of hardships.

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