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Ken Howard, Michael Bergman, Hannah Peterson


For his interview with Craig Venter (“GT All Stars,” p. 28), Ken Howard had the pleasure of spending an hour in a $6,000-a-night hotel suite in New York. Venter, who spent the night at the Four Seasons after speaking for the opening of the American Museum of Natural History’s genome exhibit, says he landed in the posh room by serendipity: The hotel had accidentally given away the $600 room Venter had reserved, so compensated him with the penthouse. Howard, who recently gave up his freelance status to join GenomeWeb as a senior reporter in San Francisco, remarks, “If it was me they’d have sent me down the street to the Holiday Inn.”

Michael Bergman created this month’s photographs of Craig Venter and John Nelson (“Roll Over, Plasmid Prep,” p. 45), and of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Nathan Siemers last month. Bergman specializes in “environment portraiture” of people in their work places, and has owned and operated his studio in historic Bordentown, NJ, since 1990. Michael’s fine art photographs have been displayed in galleries and museums around the country. His most recent body of work, Temples of India, will be exhibited at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, this month.

Hannah Peterson (“Crimson Chips: High in Protein,” p. 24) is a Boston-based freelance technical writer for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and software markets. Hannah has a BA in biology and is currently seeking her master’s in journalism at Harvard University.

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