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Biology's Coefficient

By Megan Scudellari | December 1, 2013

Joel Cohen uses the tools of mathematics to deconstruct questions of life.

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Waste-Management Consultant

By Megan Scudellari | November 1, 2013

By audaciously pursuing an abandoned area of research, Ana María Cuervo discovered how cells selectively break down their waste, and revealed the health consequences when that process malfunctions.

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An Olfaction Odyssey

By Megan Scudellari | October 1, 2013

Thanks to a book, a war, and a big green caterpillar, John Hildebrand found himself mapping the exquisite and surprising wiring of the insect olfactory system.

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Coastal Command

By Megan Scudellari | September 1, 2013

From a tiny marine research center on the Louisiana coast, Nancy Rabalais has led the charge to map, understand, and reduce dangerous “dead zones” in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Cancer Knows No Borders

By Megan Scudellari | August 1, 2013

Unafraid to tackle cancer disparities across races, Olufunmilayo “Funmi” Olopade has demonstrated that genomics research can make a big impact on public health.

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Master of Fate

By Megan Scudellari | July 1, 2013

While tracing the tricky and sometimes surprising paths of multipotent cells in the skin, mammary gland, and heart, Cédric Blanpain has repeatedly turned the stem cell field on its head.  

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In Evolution's Garden

By Megan Scudellari | June 1, 2013

Raising one evolutionary question after another, Brandon Gaut has harvested a crop of novel findings about how plant genomes evolve.

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The Organist

By Megan Scudellari | May 1, 2013

When molecular biology methods failed her, Sangeeta Bhatia turned to engineering and microfabrication to build a liver from scratch.

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Up, Up, and Array

By Megan Scudellari | April 1, 2013

By scrutinizing gene expression profiles instead of individual oncogenes, Todd Golub launched a powerful platform for diagnosing, classifying, and treating cancer.

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Tough Bugger

By Megan Scudellari | March 1, 2013

Fearless cockroach hunter Coby Schal investigates how insects communicate via chemical cues, then subverts those signals for pest control.

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