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Viruses that infect bacteria are thought to be the most numerous organisms on earth. These microscopic viruses, called bacteriophages, have been the subjects of study for Roger Hendrix, a Pitt professor of biological sciences, for more than 30 years. Not only has he published significant research documenting how bacteriophages act like “spaceships” when transferring harmful DNA between cells, but he also has written numerous articles synthesizing ideas and research in the field at large. This year, Hendrix—cofounder and director of the Pittsburgh Bacteriophage Institute at Pitt—received the 2009 Award for Scientific Reviewing from the prestigious National Academy of Sciences for a decade of excellence in scientific reviewing of research on the world’s most populous organisms.