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Pushing Past Discovery

Now that toxic pollution is common knowledge, is it possible to write a modern Silent Spring? What could be equally momentous for an environmental writer help us discover? Oddly enough, it may be our … Continue reading

June 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Molecular Thermometers Tell Meningococcal Bacteria When To Get Mean

New work by a group of British researchers has found that for one of the species of bacteria that causes meningitis, a trio of exquisitely sensitive RNA thermosensors is behind … Continue reading

December 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Forget the Lowfat Holiday Diet & Eat Your Saturated Fats

Trans fats are on their way out, but what about saturated fats? Are they still a problem? Official health guidelines say yes; decades of research say otherwise. by Lauren DiPerna … Continue reading

November 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Lab Safety: Who Is Responsible When Accidents Happen?

Today, we understand many of the dangers of laboratory research–but fatal accidents still happen in labs across the country. An upcoming court ruling could ultimately decide who is to blame. … Continue reading

November 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

When Medical Research Hits Home

As a scientist, I support the promising possibilities of stem cell research—but as a daughter, I worry about the inherent risks of participating in clinical trials.            … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Gaming Out the Flu

The classic approach to influenza vaccination is to give priority to at-risk groups, like the very young and very old. But in the face of an emerging pandemic, is that … Continue reading

October 1, 2013 · Leave a comment