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Alison McCook, Jennifer Friedlin, Todd Reichart

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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 GenomeWeb.com 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.

The Scan

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.