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Alison McCook, Jennifer Friedlin, Todd Reichart


Alison McCook, Jennifer Friedlin, Todd Reichart

Before Alison McCook (“Extremophile Expert Heats Up New Amp Technology,” p. 22) joined Genome Technology as an intern, she tried to spend as much time underwater as possible. Last year, that pastime led her to explore the oceans of Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand during an extended trip. One insight she gained from that experience: CEOs are never as scary as sharks. She comes to GT from an internship at Scientific American, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in science writing from New York University.

This month’s Genomoney column (“Assessing Affy’s Affairs,” p. 53) was the last task Jennifer Friedlin performed before departing GenomeWeb’s New York office for a six month assignment in Europe. Jen is accompanying her parter Steven Weiss, an attorney, who will be working for an international court in Sarajevo. From her outpost, Jen will report spot news for and cover the European genomics industry. And who knows what she’ll find in Eastern Europe? If anyone can sniff out a burgeoning genomics sector in Bosnia, it’s Jen.

During interminably long lecture classes in graduate school, Todd Reichart, who folded the artwork for “Haiku Sequence,” p. 62, found origami to be a way to pass the time. When not moonlighting as an actor, juggler, unicyclist, or origami artist, Todd’s day job is designing software and websites that normal people can use. Todd’s exhaustive knowledge of genomics is contained in the brain of his partner, a Princeton University professor of bacterial genetics.

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