Make Mine Rare
With mounting interest from biotechs, Big Pharma, and the federal government, research on rare diseases is burgeoning.
First Life, Radioactivity, Brain Bugs, Life of Earth
Meet some of the people featured in the August 2011 issue of The Scientist.
Ascribing benefits to the experience of devastating illness or trauma is fraught with hidden dangers.
Seeing the Forest for the Trees
Getting the big picture means asking lots of little questions.
Ernst Haeckel’s Pedigree of Man, 1874
After completing his studies in medicine and biology, a restless Ernst Haeckel set off for Italy in 1859 to study art and marine biology. The diversity of life fascinated the 26-year-old Prussian, and in addition to painting landscapes, he spent the
The mechanism by which tumor cells end up harboring other living cells remains elusive, and the sparse evidence acquired thus far has led researchers to propose different hypotheses.
Helpful Bacterial Metabolites
While gut microbiota appear to have both positive and negative impacts on our health, in the guts of healthy, lean individuals, the good outweighs the bad.
Harmful Bacterial Metabolites
Gut bacteria that feed on healthy food appear to amplify the nutritional benefits of those foods. However, they also appear to amplify the undesirable effects of unhealthy food.