Enjoying life to a tee
Burnette retired from the army in 2005 as a colonel. He now lives with his wife in Chapel Hill, N.C., on a property that has a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course in its back yard. Burnette flies airplanes as a licensed commercial pilot, feeds his golf addiction (he plays, by his own admission, “terribly”) and occasionally consults for biotechnology companies.
For a man who’s worn many hats, he sounds wistful when talking about research, something he hasn’t done since he left Amgen. “I had the best time when I worked at the bench, filling a pipette,” he says. “I think that’s when I was most effective.”
Of the status of the Western blot today, he says, “I am happy to have done it and made a contribution to science that everybody uses. I could have never imagined that I would have my 15 minutes of fame last this long.”
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