For 16 years, Carmen Sapienza has been a faculty member of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia. He says that once scientists sequenced the human genome, Mendelian diseases became more completely understood, however, most “people in hospital beds aren’t dying from Mendelian diseases.” There’s clearly a lot more to learn, and in "Sticky Fingers", Sapienza and his colleague Ionel Sandovici (currently at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge, England), summarize new findings about a protein that may mark “hotspots,” or locations in the genome where most homologous recombination occurs. The protein may even play a role in speciation, they argue in the report (adapted from an article that appeared in F1000 Biology Reports).

Richard Morimoto became interested in proteins from an early age—while in high school, he created a science fair project on memory transfer. At the time, there was scientific literature suggesting that memory...

Since early 2009, The Scientist’s Web Developer Jason Barry has spent his days adapting what appears in print to No easy feat, when talking about the interactive charts and tables of the Best Places to Work surveys, or the special supplements on life sciences in Thailand or other topics. It’s been nice to be part of a shift in focus towards the web, says Barry, who has a degree in computer science from the University of Rhode Island—indeed, over the past 2 years, traffic to the web site has doubled. A lot of that is due to our web team, of course, but also to the enthusiasm of everyone at The Scientist, Barry says. “I don’t think I’ve ever worked with people who are as passionate about what they do,” he says. “Everyone’s really invested in this magazine.”

Tim Tomkinson, the illustrator for this month’s cover and the feature “Science, Side of Pork” , has been a professional illustrator for almost 10 years. He enjoys the “problem-solving nature of many of the assignments, and the collaborative aspect of working with art directors and designers.” In addition to illustrating for magazines including Rolling Stone and Men’s Journal, he also drew a series of TV ads for a bank. “Seeing my work come to life with animation and on TV was a life-long dream of mine.” Recently, Tomkinson and his wife (and cat) moved all of their worldly possessions from New York to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. “The beauty of technology now lets me do my work from anywhere in the world, as long as I have my supplies, a scanner, and an internet connection. Oh, and coffee!”

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