Steven Reiner has been professor of immunology and a member of the Abramson Family Cancer Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania since 1999. He received his MD from Duke University and has held research positions at the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of Chicago. In "Separate and unequal," he recounts how he and his colleagues answered one of the most pressing questions in immunology: How do lymphocytes replenish and diversify? "It was surprising to the biological community," he says of the system he described whereby lymphocytes divide into daughter cells. "Each has its own replenishment mechanism. When the cells divide, one becomes a unique cell for immune defense, the other into a stem cell-like cell."
At the end of 2006, a graduate student of Neal Stewart's was caught plagiarizing and was asked to leave the university. Stewart uses the incident as a case study...
Michelle Fisher celebrated her one year anniversary last month as a designer at The Scientist. After earning a degree in communication design from Kutztown University in 2002, she freelanced for clothing and handbag companies and helped create teaching materials for American Reading Company. Fisher enjoys the diversity of working for a science magazine - varying from hand-drawn artwork to computer-aided graphics. "Because science is so forward thinking, the design in the magazine is progressive as well," she says. This month, she came up with the idea of modifying a character from a popular children's game to illustrate the different elements of human clinical trials (Paying for patients).
Since 1989 Michael Rhode has been the archivist at the Otis Historical Archives of the National Museum of Health and Medicine, where he is currently directing the scanning of all the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology's medical records. Among his favorite items in the archives are photographs from the influenza pandemic that ravaged American Army bases during World War I. In his second Foundations for The Scientist, Rhode describes a passage from the E. R. Squibb's journal. "It's almost like he was writing for publication, you can read it and enjoy it," Rhode says of the man who would eventually found the pharmaceutical company bearing his name.