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Marty Katz (who took the photos for our cover story) is a writer and photographer based in Baltimore. A long time ago, he was a neuroscience graduate student until the NIH training grants were cut by Gerald Ford. Since then, he has been traveling around shooting stories for clients like New York Times, Time, Newsweek, and National Geographic. He is currently conducting exhaustive basic research for the 2003 Zagat Survey of Washington-Baltimore Restaurants, which he edits.

William Langbein, who spent the last few months rounding up funding sources for “Show Me the Money,” p. 62, is a Berkeley, Calif.-based science and business writer. He has been writing about genome therapeutics for nearly a decade and has worked for California Medicine and Reuters Health.

Amanda Urban (“At Galapagos, Small Molecules Are Way to Go for Brown,” p. 24) is an editorial intern at Genome Technology. She finally found a way to fuse her love for science and writing — and the place to do it — as she is working on a master’s in science writing at New York University.

As a child on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Martha Heil (“Animals Protest NHGRI Priorities,” p. 90) would ride her pony Sugarplum through the woods, keeping a journal of the flowers, leaves, and berries she encountered. This interest in science led her into various kinds of trouble, including her current job in the media relations office of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. She has previously written for Discover, Agricultural Genomics, and Environment News Service.

Eugenia Uhl, who shot the photo of Jane Krug (“Confederacy of Jane,” p. 80), is a New Orleans native and enthusiast who has been a freelance photographer for the past 13 years. Her work has appeared in House Beautiful, Southern Accents, and Travel & Leisure.

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