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Karen Rader just published Making Mice (Princeton University Press, 2004). In the book Karen chronicles three themes – mice, genetic engineer and mice breeder Clarence Cook Little, and Little’s laboratory. Little repeatedly characterised his work as research but his greatest contribution was the purity of the mice stock he bred.

What’s interesting is that while Little is credited with the development and protection of one of modern science’s most foundational assets he was focussed on something entirely different. Part of excelling at innovation involves identifying core competencies. For Little it was breeding ultra-pure strains of mice. Another part of innovation involves driving change within those competencies with new learning.

sift is my business science experiment. I want to measure how much young companies benefit if they can clearly identify the core value of what they provide.

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