Christopher Aston, who penned the first installment of GT’s new monthly RNAi News column (p. 48), grew up in the UK and earned his doctorate from Oxford in molecular biology before moving to the US to take a postdoc post at Rockefeller University. He says he promptly fell in love with New York City, and now holds an adjunct faculty appointment at New York University Medical Center. He has also written for the IEEE Spectrum on bioterrorism and for Nature Genetics about microarrays.

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