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Kevin Clarke, Aaron J. Sender, Justin Ide


Kevin Clarke, whose portrait of James Watson is this month’s Blunt End, lives in New York City and is developing a book and exhibitions exploring the role of genetics in the aftermath of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. Clarke’s work is currently on view in “How Human? Life in the Post-Genome Era” at the International Center of Photography, New York, through June 8, and in “Four Plus: Writing DNA” at the Wellcome Trust, London, until July. An overview of the artist’s work since 1989 will be exhibited at The Hecksher Museum of Art in Huntington, Long Island, from June 28 through September 7. Titled “Kevin Clarke, Portraits of the Future,” the exhibition will parallel a series of events hosted by nearby Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory commemorating the 50th anniversary of Watson and Crick’s discovery of the double helix shape of DNA.

Genome Technology’s former senior editor Aaron J. Sender penned this month’s cover story, “The Fantasy and Reality of Genomics Grids,” p. 30, from his new home office. Aaron sped away from the GenomeWeb offices on his Malaguti motorscooter for the last time one evening in February bound for greener pastures. He’s trying his luck as a freelance reporter. We miss him dearly.

Justin Ide, who photographed George Church for this month’s Wild Type, p. 46, is assistant director for photography at Harvard University’s News Office. His assignments have included Nobel Prize winners, world-renowned scholars, and heads of state from across the globe. When he is not shooting images with his Leica M6, he can be found with his wife, daughter, and their dog Utah, or occasionally in a stream chasing wild trout with a fly rod.

The Scan

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