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Genetic Linkage

Gene Therapy Subverted in New Dystopian Novel, “When She Woke”

December 30, 2011

Tags: gene therapy, When She Woke, Hillary Jordan, Ricki Lewis, Justin Cronin, The Passage, Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale, Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, mutation, Twilight Zone, Star Trek, X-Files, House, SyFy Channel, dystopia

I don’t usually take too kindly to the evil geneticist stereotype in fiction, but I can’t resist a good dystopian novel. "When She Woke," by Hillary Jordan, is the perfect book (more…)

A Living Blood Vessel "Stamp"

December 16, 2011

Tags: blood vessel, tissue engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Hyunjoon Kong, Ricki Lewis

I still marvel at the interface between a tissue and an organ, even after a quarter century of writing college biology textbooks.

I can easily envision a sheet of epithelium folding itself up into the tiny tube of a capillary. But how do only four basic tissue types connect and contort to fashion such (more…)

Bed Bug Orgies and Evolution

December 6, 2011

Tags: bed bugs, Cimex lectularius, pyrethrin, insecticide, bedbugregistry.com, Coby Schal, Ed Vargo, North Carolina State University, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, evolution, natural selection, Ricki Lewis

Seeking evidence for evolution? Look at bed bugs.

For the past century, the 5-millimeter-long, triangular headed, reddish residents of urban hotel bedrooms have mutated themselves into resistance to any insecticide we can throw at them. Cimex lectularius was nearly vanquished mid-century, when (more…)

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Project to engage students in helping families with rare genetic diseases
Book Club Reader's Guide
Many challenging questions to stimulate thought and discussion.
Instructor's Guide
38 discussion questions to get students thinking and talking about gene therapy, including the science, ethical issues, and the drug approval process.
Narrative science
The Forever Fix is the uplifting true story of 8-year-old Corey Haas, who was cured of hereditary blindness just 4 days after gene therapy.
College Textbooks
A spectacularly-illustrated, clearly written human anatomy and physiology textbook, used in pre-health profession programs throughout the U.S.
A highly engaging, clearly written, beautifully illustrated introduction to the science of human genetics for the non-scientist. Now in its 10th edition.
Nonfiction
An ideal starting point for anyone who wants to know more about genes, DNA, genomes, and the genetic ties that bind us all.

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