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About the Author Dr. Lucas Hoffman ("please call me Luke") is a resident in Pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle. He was raised in New Mexico, and he went to college at the University of California at Berkeley. He then attended medical school and graduate school at the University of California in San Francisco, where he worked on designing inhibitors of viruses like influenza and HIV. He now lives with his wife Ellen, a science journalist (whose work can be seen at the site, and his dog Talisker, an occasional headache, in Seattle.