Life Science

Fine point

Here’s an article about a researcher named John Fourkas who is using resin like your dentist uses to do transparent fillings and a very focused laser to build up really tiny structures. He can build up the letters spelling "hair" on top or a single human hair, for instance. "Gee whiz," you’re thinking, "But, so what?" Here’s where the guy ...

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People Are Human-Bacteria Hybrid

Here’s a slap on the side of the head! Most of the cells in your body are not your own, nor are they even human. They are bacterial. From the invisible strands of fungi waiting to sprout between our toes, to the kilogram of bacterial matter in our guts, we are best viewed as walking “superorganisms,” highly complex conglomerations of ...

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New Hughes Research Center to Shift Focus

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is spending $500 million for a new campus and think tank. Its goal is to let scientists work in small, interactive groups, with no need to write grants or deal with other administrative distractions, said Dr. Gerald M. Rubin, vice president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and director of the new center. The two ...

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Ca toolkit?

When you’re getting new tools to explore disease like the ones mentioned below, it’s hard to wait to see what gets built with them. From the ACS meeting–American Chemical Society, that is. As our understanding of biology increases, the tools of research become almost as important as the researchers wielding them. Currently, one of the major obstacles to research is ...

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