Foundations
Among the Amish, c. 1960s
Among the Amish, c. 1960s
Diana Kwon | Apr 30, 2018
Victor McKusick’s pioneering investigations provided insight into hereditary disorders.
Bathtub Bloodbath, 1793
Bathtub Bloodbath, 1793
Shawna Williams | Sep 30, 2017
French revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat took on many roles over the course of his life, including physician and scientist.
Self-Experimentation Led to the Discovery of IgE
Self-Experimentation Led to the Discovery of IgE
Andrea Anderson | May 31, 2017
In the 1960s, immunologists took matters into their own hands—and under their own skin—to characterize an immunoglobulin involved in allergies.
Embryonic Evolution Through Ernst Haeckel’s Eyes
Embryonic Evolution Through Ernst Haeckel’s Eyes
Diana Kwon | Apr 30, 2017
The 19th century biologist’s drawings, tainted by scandal, helped bolster, then later dismiss, his biogenetic law.
A History of Screening for Natural Products to Fight Cancer
A History of Screening for Natural Products to Fight Cancer
Jef Akst | Mar 31, 2017
In the middle of the 20th century, the National Cancer Institute began testing plant extracts for chemotherapeutic potential—helping to discover some drugs still in use today.
Newton’s Color Theory, ca. 1665
Newton’s Color Theory, ca. 1665
Ashley P. Taylor | Feb 28, 2017
Newton’s rainbow forms the familiar ROYGBIV because he thought the range of visible colors should be analogous to the seven-note musical scale.
19th Century Experiments Explained How Trees Lift Water
19th Century Experiments Explained How Trees Lift Water
Ben Andrew Henry | Jan 31, 2017
A maple branch and shattered equipment led to the cohesion-tension theory, the counterintuitive claim that water’s movement against gravity involves no action by trees.
Early 3-D Image Analysis Revealed Surprising Symmetry in the Nuclear Pore
Early 3-D Image Analysis Revealed Surprising Symmetry in the Nuclear Pore
Ben Andrew Henry | Nov 30, 2016
In 1992, advancements in microscopy zoomed in on the precise architecture of the complex, including unforeseen structural repetition in two halves of the ring.
Two-Photon Microscopy’s Historic Influence on Neuroscience
Two-Photon Microscopy’s Historic Influence on Neuroscience
Alison F. Takemura | Oct 31, 2016
In the 1990s, the development of this gentler and more precise microscopy method improved scientists’ ability to probe neurons’ activity and anatomy.
Science History: The First Transgenic <em>Arabidopsis</em>
Science History: The First Transgenic Arabidopsis
Kerry Grens | Sep 30, 2016
Tweaks to a transformation protocol in 1986 cemented the little plant's mighty role in plant genetics research.