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Genetic Linkage

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

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  Read More 
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New Roads to Drug Discovery for the New Year

In this age of expiring drug patents and stalled pipelines, I was pleasantly surprised to find in my morning batch of news releases four reports of promising, eclectic ways to fight diverse diseases. The  Read More 
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A Living Blood Vessel "Stamp"

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  Read More 
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Bed Bug Orgies and Evolution

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  Read More 
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