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Michael Bergman, John Carroll, Mary Levin


Photographer Michael Bergman, who shot our cover photo this month, once did a shoot atop the George Washington Bridge, so photographing from the unfinished roof of the Princeton Integrated Genomics Center was practically a walk in the park. He was struck by the way the light passing through the building’s louvered façade will constantly change from hour to hour, creating a moving canvas of light patterns into the building. A professional photographer for the past 28 years, Bergman runs his own studio in Bordentown, NJ, and teaches photography to selected high school students in Central New Jersey. He’s a practitioner of tai chi and kung fu, and the father of two well-photographed boys.

John Carroll (“Black Belt of Bioautomation,” p. 60) has been tramping the world for more than 20 years in search of a good story. He’s contributed to The Dallas Morning News from Central America, worked as an investigative reporter at The Kansas City Star, and edited a business magazine in Ireland. More recently he’s been covering emerging technologies for Southwest Airlines’ Spirit magazine and Small Times while contributing stories to Salon and Chief Executive. Carroll lives in a small Texas town, devoting free time to fixing up a ramshackle Victorian home and finishing a log cabin.

Mary Levin (“Scientists Need a Smarter Bench,” p. 62) photographed David Baker and Tim Hunkapiller, our Wild Types last November and December. She earned her MFA in photography from the University of Washington in 1982, started work there two years later, and has been taking photos for the university ever since. Most of her free time is spent remodeling a big old house that was built in 1899. She says, “I think it’s almost done. Only Lowe’s hardware knows.”

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.