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John Evans was a distinguished biological scientist, whose research on how potentially hazardous substances can alter the genetic structure and function of cells has done much to set standards to protect humans from the harmful effects of these substances occurring in the environment and in the workplace. During the 25 years of his inspired leadership, the MRC Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh expanded to become one of the world’s leading centres for genetics research.