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ROBERT COOKE, a native of Southern California, served four years in the coast guard before graduating from California State Polytechnic College and receiving a master’s degree from UCLA a year later. Since then he has spent thirty-five years covering science and medicine for major newspapers, including The Boston Globe, The Atlantic journal and Constitution, and Newsday. His fascination with science news began with the advent of the space age and matured with continuing exposure to the biological sciences. His interests are wide-ranging and include molecular biology, genetics, geology, astronomy, and archaeology and anthropology. Cooke has been with Newsday for fifteen years. He is married to the former Sue Bailey Cato, whom he met just before he entered high school, and they have three grown children-Gregory, Karen, and Emily. He lives in Huntington, Long Island, New York.
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