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Rosemarie Lion, Brent Nicastro, William Langbein


Rosemarie Lion (who took the photos of Linda Kirsch and Joel Bellenson for this issue) grew up in a small Austrian town where she graduated from business college. In 1986 she moved to the US and got a BA in photojournalism from San Francisco State University. Her work has been published in newspapers, magazines, and books. She lives as a freelance photographer with her husband and 5-year-old son in San Francisco. Photography, she says, “allows me to do what I always wanted: explore the world and its people. The magic happens when the subject and I fall in tune and the photography becomes a collaborative effort.”

Brent Nicastro, who spent a morning in John Devereux’s Madison, Wis., home shooting the cover photo, has been a freelance photographer since 1978. His work has appeared in hundreds of publications throughout the world, including Time, People, Money, USA Today, Elle, Outside, Parade, and in textbooks, calendars, and trade publications. A book of his photography, Madison, was published in 1999. He lives in Madison with his wife and two cats.

William Langbein (“Jump the Fence or Not?” p. 64) has been covering business in the genomics industry since the early days when The Institute for Genomic Research was first funded. Based in Berkeley, Calif., he writes for Reuters Health and is a regular contributor to

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