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Ken Garber, Sherri Chasin Calvo, Ken Howard, Steve Castillo


After persistent calls to Celera for this month’s cover story, “Hooked on Speed,” p. 22, Ken Garber says he finally got an appointment for a phone interview with Craig Venter. Venter stood him up, but Garber says he cleaned his entire apartment while waiting for the call. Garber is a freelance science writer in Ann Arbor, Mich., who has covered biology stories for Technology Review, Science, and other magazines.

Sherri Chasin Calvo, “Model Org,” p. 21, covers genomics from her home, conveniently located near Rockville/Bethesda. She is also the “In the Field” columnist for The Alchemist magazine on, where she says she can indulge some of her other interests, including archaeology and astrophysics. As a freelance science writer, Calvo says she is delighted to have found the perfect career for the perpetual student.

“The world according to Win is a strange and beautiful place, bodily fluids and all,” reports Ken Howard, “World Win,” p. 36. In addition to finding out Win Hide’s vision for the future of bioinformatics software and how South African science fits into the puzzle, Howard learned to what level Hide will go not only for his science but also for a quick snack. Howard, a freelance science writer who recently wrote about bioinformatics for Scientific American, is based in New York City.

Steve Castillo, who shot the photos of George Rathmann and the Hyseq team for this issue, is a Palo Alto-based photographer who says he “strives to capture the moment.” Says Castillo, “Photographing companies like Hyseq is exciting because of the history-making technologies they are pursuing and the competitive nature of the business.” He has also shot photos for Hewlett-Packard, Stanford University, and Intel. Castillo covered ProtoGene for the October issue of GT.

The Scan

International Team Proposes Checklist for Returning Genomic Research Results

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics present a checklist to guide the return of genomic research results to study participants.

Study Presents New Insights Into How Cancer Cells Overcome Telomere Shortening

Researchers report in Nucleic Acids Research that ATRX-deficient cancer cells have increased activity of the alternative lengthening of telomeres pathway.

Researchers Link Telomere Length With Alzheimer's Disease

Within UK Biobank participants, longer leukocyte telomere length is associated with a reduced risk of dementia, according to a new study in PLOS One.

Nucleotide Base Detected on Near-Earth Asteroid

Among other intriguing compounds, researchers find the nucleotide uracil, a component of RNA sequences, in samples collected from the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu, as they report in Nature Communications.