The Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess, The Forever Fix, Connectome, and DNA USA
Meet some of the people featured in the March 2012 issue of The Scientist.
How Drugs Interact with a Baby’s Parts
A lot changes in a child’s body over the course of development, and not all changes occur linearly: gene expression can fluctuate, and organs can perform different functions on the way to their final purpose in the body. Here are some of the key deve
Suspected Effects of Vitamin D
Vitamin D has a variety of actions in the body. It binds to the vitamin D receptor (VDR), which then binds to the retinoid X receptor (RXR) and activates the expression of numerous genes.
How the Pediatric Laws Work
The Pediatric Research Equity Act (PREA) of 2003 requires that companies developing new drugs that could be used to treat a condition in children perform clinical trials in kids before winning FDA approval.
The Joint Collector
Forget stamps: one bioengineer amasses broken artificial joints to learn why they failed and how to build better ones.
A Whiff of TB
Chemical ecologist Max Suckling at the Institute for Plant and Food Research Ltd., and summer student Rachael Sagar use Pavlovian conditioning to train bees to stick out their tongues, or proboscises, at the scent of odors produced by tuberculosis-causing bacteria.
Electron Microscopy Through the Ages
Take a tour through the revolutionary menthod's past, present, and future.
Preserving Endangered Gametes
Pierre Comizzoli, a reproductive physiologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, chats about his efforts to rescue endangered species from extinction using in vitro fertilization as well as novel gamete preservation techniques.