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Oliver Baker, Ken Garber, Nat Goodman, Amanda Koster

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Oliver Baker, “Why Incyte Loves Linux,” p. 28, says his PhD in biophysics from University of California, Berkeley, was less helpful in reporting this story than was his talent for asking a lot of questions. He called Incyte’s Steve Lincoln and Stu Jackson gracious hosts and true sports. Baker, a freelance science writer, lives with his sweetheart in Berkeley, Calif.

 

Compared to a lot of self-important medical researchers he has interviewed, easygoing Gary Montry was a breath of fresh air, says Ken Garber, “The Parallel Cowboy,” p. 38: “He knows he’s good, but doesn’t think he’s the end of the world.” Garber is a freelance science writer in Ann Arbor, Mich., who has covered biology stories for Technology Review, Science, and other magazines.

 

Nat Goodman, “Private Portals: Where’s the Payback?” p. 43, is a freelance bioinformatics consultant in the Boston area. Goodman, who holds a PhD in computer science, was a founding member and associate director of the Whitehead/MIT Center for Genome Research. He also directed a bioinformatics research group at the Jackson Laboratory and led a bioinformatics marketing team at Compaq Computer. Previous to bioinformatics, Goodman had a 20-year career in the computer industry working on databases, transaction processing, and high performance computing.

 

It took freelance photographer Amanda Koster about an instant to recognize the resemblance between the bentwood spiral staircase in Lee Hood’s Lake Washington home and a double-helix. Koster, who shot this issue’s cover and photos of the Institute for Systems Biology, p. 20, is a freelance photographer in Seattle who has worked for Rolling Stone, Doctors Without Borders, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

 

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