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image: Picturing Inheritance, 1916

Picturing Inheritance, 1916

By Amanda B. Keener | May 1, 2016

This year marks the centennial of Calvin Bridges’s description of nondisjunction as proof that chromosomes are vehicles for inheritance.

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image: Fighting Cancer with Infection, 1891

Fighting Cancer with Infection, 1891

By Catherine Offord | April 1, 2016

Now hailed as the father of immunotherapy, William Coley pioneered extraordinary methods to treat cancer.

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image: Cave Dwellers, 1938

Cave Dwellers, 1938

By Anna Azvolinsky | March 1, 2016

Renowned sleep researcher Nathaniel Kleitman and a colleague spent a month underground to test the body’s natural rhythms.

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image: Mendel in the Hot Seat, 1902

Mendel in the Hot Seat, 1902

By Karen Zusi | February 1, 2016

Raphael Weldon’s critiques of Mendelian principles were 100 years ahead of his time.

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image: A Century of Science on Stamps

A Century of Science on Stamps

By Karen Zusi | January 1, 2016

Countries have used postage stamps to commemorate scientific achievements—sometimes with erroneous zeal—since the early 1900s.

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image: The Cyclopes of Idaho, 1950s

The Cyclopes of Idaho, 1950s

By Karen Zusi | December 1, 2015

A rash of deformed lambs eventually led to the creation of a cancer-fighting agent.

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image: Deadly Bariatrics, 1960s and '70s

Deadly Bariatrics, 1960s and '70s

By Jef Akst | November 1, 2015

Resecting a majority of the small intestine—a popular weight-loss surgery half a century ago—led to severe malnutrition and eventual death.

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image: The First Neuron Drawings, 1870s

The First Neuron Drawings, 1870s

By Amanda B. Keener | October 1, 2015

Camillo Golgi’s black reaction revealed, for the first time, the fine structures of intact neurons, which he captured with ink and paper.

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image: Whaling Specimens, 1930s

Whaling Specimens, 1930s

By Amanda B. Keener | September 1, 2015

Fetal specimens collected by commercial whalers offer insights into how whales may have evolved their specialized hearing organs.

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image: A Case of Sexual Ambiguity, 1865

A Case of Sexual Ambiguity, 1865

By Amanda B. Keener | August 1, 2015

This year marks the 150th anniversary of an autopsy report describing the first known case of a sexual development disorder.

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