<P>of Cambodia and Laos became extensions of the main laboratory, boasting real-time PCR systems with panels of multiplexed assays and automated blood culture systems, all linked by computer networks. But best of all, Anne and I had the chance to work together between my po- sition at CDC and hers at the WHO. Our reach and support eventually encompassed much of Southeast Asia and beyond – providing technical assistance and site visits, training courses, scienti?c exchanges, and sup- porting outbreak responses. If Egypt showed me what was necessary to be a scientist, Thailand made me into the scien- tist that I had hoped to become. The years in the hot tropics of Southeast Asia with its varied cultures and languages transi- tioned almost overnight into a part of the world I scarcely knew existed – the Spanish-speaking landscape of Central America and the CDC re- gional o?ce in Guatemala. Here, my role has evolved from that of a senior laboratory sci- entist to more of a director or manager. What Egypt and Thailand taught me is now being used to groom the next generation of scientists. Some of the challenges are familiar: security is- sues, the environment (this time earthquakes and volcanoes instead of sandstorms and ?ooding), the di?culty of get- ting critical supplies and equipment – while others are di?erent and un- expected: letting others take the lead and develop the science with my role being to guide and advise, or dealing with the policy and evaluation of science programs, and trying to coordinate multiple programs toward common goals and pri- orities (and yes, man- aging several gifted and talented scientists and their projects is often like herding cats). But of all of my assignments overseas, this one has perhaps been the best. Partly because of experience and partly because of the position and place, I now have the rare If Egypt showed me what was necessary to be a scientist, Thailand made me into the scientist that I had hoped to become. - LEONARD F. 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