A neuroscientist author blinds readers with science

Researcher Natassia Vieira holds a lab rat that is used for stem cells research at the Sao Paulo University Human Genome Research Center in Sao Paulo, Monday, March 3, 2008. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)THREE YEARS WITH THE RATBy Jay HoskingIt’s generally rare for scientists to become talented writers. This is more than mere anecdotal cliché; research institutions give short or no shrift to anything published beyond scientific journals, and there are few incentives to writing for the general public in clear, interesting ways.So it is a thrill when a scientist proves them wrong. Enter Jay Hosking, a 36-year-old native of Oshawa, Ont., who contains multitudes: he has a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of British Columbia as well as a creative writing M.F.A., and he’s currently a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard…

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