TS Picks: May 13, 2015

Profiles edition

Tracy Vence
May 12, 2015


Selections from The Scientist’s reading list:

  • The New York Times (NYT) this week (May 11) examined the work of CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna, the biochemist at the University of California, Berkeley, who is in the midst of a patent dispute regarding the genome-editing technology and a debate centered on its ethical usage. “I really want to see this technology used to help people,” Doudna told NYT. “It would be a shame if the I.P. situation would block that.”
  • Optogenetics pioneer Karl Deisseroth, a neuroscientist at Stanford University, is an avid reader and writer of fiction, according to a The New Yorker profile published online yesterday (May 18). Deisseroth, who is currently working on a collection of short stories, said that, as with science, writing is about “seeing the truth—trying to get to the heart of things with words and images and ideas. And sometimes you have to try to find unusual ways of getting to it.”
  • Nautilus last month (April 23) profiled the late zoologist Élie Metchnikoff, who studied immunology until his death in 1916 and was best known for his discovery of macrophages. Examining Metchnikoff’s many contributions to his field, Nautilus called him “the rebel Russian behind the microbiome and probiotics.”