Kevin Clarke, Jim Duffy

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Our cover art this month is the creation of Kevin Clarke, a New York City artist who is known for his genomics-related artwork (his genetic portrait of James Watson appeared in GT’s April 2003 issue). Clarke took this photo on September 11, 2001. After inverting it to negative and enhancing the colors, he overlaid the photo with a genetic sequence from Craig Carlson, a firefighter with Tribeca Ladder Co. 8, who survived the disaster.

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