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"You have a Ph.D.? And you're doing journalism? How did that happen?" Those questions are the inevitable reaction of people who find out that I'm a journalist with a Ph.D. in genetics. When other journalists ask me the questions, they imbue them with a sense of disbelief: how could anyone choose the life of a journalist over the glamorous life of a scientist? But scientists react with excitement. They want to know what path I followed to get where I am and how they can make a similar journey. My path is well-trodden, but by no means the only road that leads to a career in science writing. I made the journey from scientist to science journalist via a detour through a science journalism program. But perhaps I should back up a bit. I've had a life-long ...