Academic research could be strengthened by thinking more and doing less.
June 2, 2003|
James King-Holmes/Science Photo Library Predicting natural death is generally impossible, save for those who study Caenorhabditis elegans: They know the precise moment that 131 cells, and only those 131 cells, are programmed to die. The timing and location of cell death is identical during the development of every tiny C. elegans worm. Nobel laureates John Sulston and Robert Horvitz discovered these cellular suicides in 1976 when they mapped the fate of C. elegans' 1,090 cells. "It really di