“My brain! It’s my second favorite organ!” cried an aghast Woody Allen as his time-traveling character in 1973’s Sleeper, Miles Monroe, was about to have his head removed at a robot recycling plant. Because my
Archives for August 2013
My favorite part of freelance science writing is when seemingly unrelated stories connect. The phenomenon is a metaphor for what’s happening in human genome analysis, as researchers link seemingly unrelated diseases by shared gene expression,
Twenty-three years ago, Arizona State University geneticist Teri Markow collected samples of blood from the Havasupai Indians, who live in a remote corner of the Grand Canyon. She was looking for genetic markers of diabetes,
HeLa cells are back in the news, with a Comment from Kathy Hudson and Francis Collins in Nature celebrating researchers’ collaboration with the descendants of Henrietta Lacks on the use of their famous relative’s cancer cells.
Sad polar bears clinging to tiny ice floes have come to symbolize the threat of climate change to wildlife. A glimpse into their genomes and those of brown bears reveals that shrinking ice may already