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Ron Rogers, Suzanne Anker, Oliver Baker, Jaymes Leavitt


Ron Rogers, “A Noggin for Networks,” p. 40, is a senior copywriter for Corbett HealthConnect, a medical advertising firm in Chicago. Previously he was associate business editor at Chemical & Engineering News where he covered the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Suzanne Anker, “Zoosemiotics (Primate),” p. 50, is chair of the Art History Department at the School for Visual Arts in New York. A series of her work that relates to DNA as an ancient text will be shown in a solo show, code.x: genome, through October 21 at the Universal Concepts Unlimited Gallery, 507 West 24th St., New York, NY.

The short drive from his home to the Walnut Creek headquarters of the Joint Genome Institute took Oliver Baker, “JGI: Are We Post Genomic Yet,” p. 26, past his grandmother’s house. He has lived in Berkeley, Calif., almost continuously since he was born there in the Summer of Love to a pair of philosophy students. Before retraining as a journalist, Oliver studied biophysics at “Cal,” earning a PhD, and throwing everything plus the kitchen sink at voltage-gated potassium channels, including computer simulations. He is a reductionist, and buys organic.

Boston photographer Jaymes Leavitt thinks it’s best to get outside to shoot portraits of out-of-the-box thinkers. Jaymes stood Alan Proctor on a rock in the Charles River and took Eric Neumann up to his roof for the photos in this issue. His work has appeared in US News & World Report, Forbes FYI, L’Express Paris, The Boston Globe, and other publications.

The Scan

Nucleotide Base Detected on Near-Earth Asteroid

Among other intriguing compounds, researchers find the nucleotide uracil, a component of RNA sequences, in samples collected from the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu, as they report in Nature Communications.

Clinical Trial Participants, Investigators Point to Importance of Clinical Trial Results Reporting in Canadian Study

Public reporting on clinical trial results is crucial, according to qualitative interviews with clinical trial participants, investigators, and organizers from three provinces appearing in BMJ Open.

Old Order Amish Analysis Highlights Autozygosity, Potential Ties to Blood Measures

Researchers in BMC Genomics see larger and more frequent runs-of-homozygosity in Old Order Amish participants, though only regional autozygosity coincided with two blood-based measures.

Suicidal Ideation-Linked Loci Identified Using Million Veteran Program Data

Researchers in PLOS Genetics identify risk variants within and across ancestry groups with a genome-wide association study involving veterans with or without a history of suicidal ideation.