When I gave birth to my son a couple of years ago, I wondered how I would balance my work and family life, day to day. How would I meet a big deadline if the daycare center informed me my son had a fever? What would happen if my train from the office got delayed? I decided to work at home, and with my husband's help, my family has muddled through.

Bench scientists usually can't work at home, however. They can only seek employers who will allow them to dash to daycare centers should their children fall ill or leave early to view children's first performances. Working Mother magazine (www.workingmother.com) aims to help parents find such beneficent employers and reward those companies by publishing "The 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" each year.

Many firms that hire life scientists perennially land on the magazine's list. Some pharmaceutical company...

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