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The perils of translational research

This is an updated and revised version of an article I wrote for the Lindau Meeting of Nobel laureates and Current Science magazine. In 1969, one of the more memorable incidents in the public advocacy of science took place...

November 26, 2012 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Introducing: Ashley Braun

This is a series of Q&As with young and up-and-coming science, health and environmental writers and reporters. They - at least some of them - have recently hatched in the Incubators (science writing programs at schools of journalism), have even more recently fledged (graduated), and are now making their mark as wonderful new voices explaining science to the public...

STAFFNovember 26, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Musical Monday: As Hard As It Is

Welcome to Musical Monday, where I feature an original song just for the heck of it. Want to hear more? Check out my previous musical posts: Time - and brain chemistry - heal all wounds, Biochemically, All Is Fair, Taking Einstein's Advice and the first Musical Monday: Stay Near Me...

November 26, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

Authenticating Cells Out of Curiosity, Not Fear

Cell lines are standard tools in biomedical research, and yet when it comes to their genetic identity, they are remarkably unstable. That volatility comes with their defining trait—immortality...

November 26, 2012 — Kara Rogers

Today: Using Social Media to Promote Science

Join me, Joanne Manaster, Melanie Tannenbaum and Prof. Bill Hammack today from 4-6pm at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Institute for Genomic Biology, room 612 (that's the room right next to Array Cafe, in the Gatehouse)...

November 26, 2012 — Kate Clancy

How the animals lost their sensors

For free-living organisms, the ability to sense and respond to the outside environment is crucial for survival. Eukaryotes, such as animals and plants, often have highly complex network systems in place to monitor their surroundings and respond effectively, but bacteria have developed a remarkably simple system...

November 25, 2012 — S.E. Gould

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