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Astara March

As a staff writer, she takes great pleasure in making complex scientific information understandable to non-scientists. Her clients have included the National Human Genome Research Institute, HRSA, NIMH, Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Vincent T. Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University Hospital, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Academy, the American College of Cardiology, the American Association of Blood Banks, the peer-reviewed journal Blood, and three newswire services: Health24News.com, the UPI Newswire, and the Inside Science News Service. Her M.A. in clinical psychology led to assignments rewriting the schizophrenia and anxiety disorders Health Information sections of the NIMH web site and a position as a staff writer for the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s NIDA Notes, which covers neuroscience and addiction issues. Astara has written features and investigative pieces for four-color print magazines, worked on association newsletters, and written news stories to daily deadline. She has also edited scientific journal articles, textbook chapters, and educational materials and reported on scientific conferences. Her personal research in college was on protein synthesis in leukemic leukocytes, and she has worked as a tissue culture technician in several laboratories with organisms ranging from vaccinia to the retroviruses that cause solid tumors and leukemias in rats and mice. Her current research, affiliated with the Harvey Institute on Human Genetics in Baltimore, is on treatments for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a genetic collagen disorder.

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