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Paul Schindel, art director of Genome Technology, first became involved in media design while in high school in Maplewood, NJ, where he also played on the Columbia HS Ultimate Frisbee team. After graduating from Boston University’s College of Communications, Paul created advertising campaigns for radio stations and newspapers in New York and New Jersey; in 1985 he wrote one of the best-known and longest-lasting telephone numbers in direct marketing: 1-800-OK-CABLE.

Kirell Lakhman, editor of, launched SNPtech Reporter in January. The new weekly newsletter is the fourth published by Genome Technology parent GenomeWeb. Kirell’s Seussian contribution to this month’s Blunt End (p. 58) was originally to be a limerick, but Kirell needed reminding that GT is a family publication.

Illustrator Paul Sharp (“Terrible Twos,” p. 50) and his wife Alice live and work in their home in the rolling hills of southern Indiana. A freelance illustrator for 13 years, Paul was an art director for Random House. “I have done illustrations for books, magazines, product packaging, and party goods,” Paul says, “and I have drawn plenty of mice and toddlers. But I can’t recall ever drawing the two on the same page.”


The Scan

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.