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Ken Howard, John S. MacNeil, Keith Ball, Charles Clark


Ken Howard, based in San Francisco, is senior reporter for GenomeWeb. He originally wrote “Better Beamlines in Berkeley,” p. 59, for While trying not to appear alarmist, he believes the robots are taking over.

After a nine-month stint as a reporter for and a year as editor of ProteoMonitor newsletter, John S. MacNeil is moving to glossier pastures. At the end of October, John will join the staff of Genome Technology as a senior editor. In this month’s issue, John contributed a profile of Julio Celis, (“Julio Celis, 2D Gel Holdout,” p. 40) one of the many proteomics researchers he has had the pleasure of interviewing over the past year.

Keith Ball has been a photographer in the Oklahoma City, Okla., area for 25 years, working on local, regional, and national assignments. Though primarily working in the advertising arena, Keith also produces fine art photography and has been involved in several solo and group art shows throughout his career. While shooting for this assignment, he said, “One of the great things about my job is getting to photograph fascinating people doing fascinating things.”

Charles Clark, “Minding the Storage,” p. 79, is a freelance writer with 26 years’ experience in IT feature writing for publications such as Network World, ComputerWorld, Network Magazine, CIO, Solutions Integrator, and Storage Magazine. He has an AB in English with a minor in biochemical sciences from Harvard.

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

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Supersized Bacterium

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Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.