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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

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.