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GenomeWeb Team, Gary Beechey


At this year’s Genome Sequencing and Analysis Conference, members of the GenomeWeb team — comprising staff from our daily website, weekly newsletters, and this magazine — sat down with Craig Venter for an in-depth interview about his new centers and the future of the industry (see the result on p. 38). Venter jokes that he can’t go anywhere without being accosted by someone from a GW publication. When we pressed him for a fact he was especially reluctant to give, a GenomeWebber cajoled, “We really care, that’s the thing.” Familiar with our zeal, Venter replied, “That’s what scares me!”

This photo was taken as Venter tried to get to the door. Shown left to right are Kathleen McGowan, Kirell Lakhman, Adrienne Burke, Bernadette Toner, Craig Venter, Meredith Salisbury, and Venter’s spokeswoman (former Celera-ite) Heather Kowalski.

Our interview notes generated several stories: in addition to GT the website ran “Can Craig Venter Save Human-Genome Sequencing?” as well as “Craig Venter Goes Shopping for Bioinformatics to Fill His New Sequencing Center.” And “Venter May Go for Green Computing at TIGR/TCAG Facility” appeared in BioInform.


Gary Beechey, the Toronto photographer who created this month’s images of Frank Gleeson, George Jackowski, and John Mendlein (starting on page 28), has, in the past 25 years, photographed everything from open-heart surgery to products, theatre and opera to racing. In his off time he and his family visit their cabin two hours north of the city for canoeing, fishing, hunting, skiing, skating, and reading books.

The Scan

Vaccine Update Recommended

A US Food and Drug Administration panel recommends booster vaccines be updated to target Omicron, CNBC reports.

US to Make More Vaccines for Monkeypox Available

The US is to make nearly 300,000 vaccine doses available in the coming weeks to stem the spread of human monkeypox virus, according to NPR.

Sentence Appealed

The Associated Press reports that Swedish prosecutors are appealing the sentence given to a surgeon once lauded for transplanting synthetic tracheas but then convicted of causing bodily harm.

Genome Biology Papers on COVID-19 Effector Genes, Virtual ChIP-seq, scDART

In Genome Biology this week: proposed COVID-19 effector genes, method to predict transcription factor binding patterns, and more.