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Bernadette Toner, Kathleen McGowan, Simon Vine, Robert Boston


Bernadette Toner hates to have her picture taken, but we persuaded her to let us run this one of her hard at work at the PSB meeting in Hawaii so that we could give Compaq-business-development-manager-turned-genomics-industry-paparazzo Dan Joy another photo credit. Bernadette moderated this issue’s roundtable, “Promises and Pitfalls for the Bioinformatics Biz,” p. 42, in Boston earlier this year.

Kathleen McGowan, known around the GenomeWeb newsroom as Kat, or the woman of many wild winter coats, covers industry, science, and regulatory news as a reporter for GenomeWeb. She also writes about health, biotechnology, and medicine for magazines including Working Woman, Poz, and Discover. Her story, “The Need to Make Microarrays Mainstream,” p. 77, originally appeared as a two-part series on

Simon Vine, who shot the cover photo, is a photographer based in Leeds, UK, specializing in industrial and commercial photography, with more than 16 years of professional experience. Simon enjoys shooting images in challenging situations, working in a variety of formats, both on film and digital. He regularly travels throughout the UK and Europe on assignment.

Robert Boston, who shot Henry Huang’s photo on p. 71, is the staff photographer for the School of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. He has been photographing surgery, architecture, portraits, and still-lifes there for more than seven years. Shooting as a freelancer, Boston’s work ranges from the Rolling Stones to Bill Clinton and from American Girl Magazine to The New York Times. His fine arts photography includes exhibits such as “Portraits of Surgeons,” “Horse Series,” and “Professional Wrestling.”


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