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  • OK Smarty: How I Went Into Science Editing

    Chris Gunter, PhD
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    Science Writing
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    Although I am the kind of person who knew she wanted to work in human genetics since she was young, I have always found it hard to specialize and work on only one problem at a time.  My undergraduate degree was in both genetics and biochemistry, which are normally in two different schools, even though they are intimately related.  Thus, there were a lot of extra courses and negotiations between two advisors to get the curricula to fit.  I earned my Ph.D. in genetics, but in a department of biochemistry.  My projects began with human DNA variation and population/evolutionary genetics, but shifted to early adoption of the yeast two-hybrid system (still gives me nightmares), then delved into in vitro RNA-binding and hardcore protein work, and finished up with an amalgam of DNA structure analysis, ...