Discoveries in genetics, cell biology and virology are clarifying the roles of heredity and environment in health and the defenses of cells against disease and infection. Innovations in bio-engineering suggest very hopeful developments for prostheses and regeneration. But scientists are also warning about pollutants, climate change, food production practices, certain medications, and stress. This collection addresses the great advances in medical research.
New understanding of the complex relationship between genes and the epigenome
In this extraordinary era almost any limb, organ or tissue can be replaced
The awesome brain work necessary for picking up a pencil
An ingenious solution to the crisis of ineffective antibiotics is making headlines
Advances in nanotechnology are revolutionizing medicine. A leader in the field describes recent developments and his commitment to making them available to a wide public.
Many nations prohibit GMO foods, but the US doesn't even require labeling. What can science tell us about GMOs?
Providing a way to help severely impaired individuals communicate
Determining the relationship between environmental contaminants and the global increase in autism
Many common toxins in the environment significantly harm the fetal brain
The scientist who led the sequencing of the Y chromosome explains its evolution, its survival, and possible relationship to conditions and diseases that affect mostly males.
A distinguished leader in genetic research discusses his dual commitment to science and ethics.
Can bioelectric signals in cells be exploited for regeneration of limbs and tissue?
A world authority on how environmental toxins affect brain development brings the evidence to the general public.
TB cells do not all respond to antibiotics. Discovering why is the key to effective treatment.
Endocrine disruptors such as BPA cause developmental problems and disease. How does this damage occur?
The potential danger of long-term use of ADHD drugs
A tour of some innovative medical nano-devices at the Tufts University Nano Lab
The real dangers of psychotropic drugs that are routinely prescribed for children
An explanation of how environment, community, class, and other factors must be included in public health
Important insights into the brain from research on anesthesia, coma and sleep
Visual representation is essential for the communication of science concepts and data
What causes cancer? An internationally recognized research team discuss how different cancer theories shape cancer research
Genomic medicine will revolutionize health care, but it also introduces a challenge for data management
A major breakthrough in the restoration of vision
Medications that are effective initially can cause very serious problems later
Exploring the "antibiotic paradox" and the decades-long efforts of Dr. Stuart Levy to avert the danger we have created
What are the possibilities of extending human life and good health?
The effects of vehicle pollutants on the developing brain
The Connor Lab at Boston University is a leader in the effort to understand how viruses infect and how cells learn how to block infection
Why are viruses so successful, and can we manage the bad ones?
Viral infections that were once obscure are potentially global threats in a highly linked world. New tools are being deployed to identify and block these diseases.
The public should know the broad implications of forensic DNA