Helge Gunther emigrated from the UK to the US for a two-year postdoc at Yale School of Medicine shortly after earning a PhD. Gunther continued her research at Yale for nine years, working on DNA repair in irradiated lactic acid bacteria,

In her spare time away from the bench, Gunther took on contract assignments for Chemical Abstracts, translating German text into English. It was after a maternity leave from Yale that Gunther decided to turn her side project into her profession, and began to work full time as a freelance scientific translator.

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