Medical Research

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.

Beyond the Gene: Epigenetics Revealed

New understanding of the complex relationship between genes and the epigenome

Bionic Being: The New Prosthetics

In this extraordinary era almost any limb, organ or tissue can be replaced

Brain Map: How the Brain Orchestrates Motion

The awesome brain work necessary for picking up a pencil

Breakthrough in Antibiotics Resistance

An ingenious solution to the crisis of ineffective antibiotics is making headlines

Breakthroughs in Nanotechnology

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.

Conflicting Science on the Safety of Genetically Modified Food

Many nations prohibit GMO foods, but the US doesn't even require labeling. What can science tell us about GMOs?

Cracking the Neural Code for Speech

Providing a way to help severely impaired individuals communicate

Environmental Contaminants and Autism

Determining the relationship between environmental contaminants and the global increase in autism

Environmental Toxins and the Brain

Many common toxins in the environment significantly harm the fetal brain

Evolution of the Y Chromosome: Males Will Survive

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.

Genetics and Social Responsibility

A distinguished leader in genetic research discusses his dual commitment to science and ethics.

Harnessing the Bioelectric Potential of Cells for Regeneration

Can bioelectric signals in cells be exploited for regeneration of limbs and tissue?

How Environmental Pollutants Impair Brain Development

A world authority on how environmental toxins affect brain development brings the evidence to the general public.

How TB Bacteria Evade Treatment

TB cells do not all respond to antibiotics. Discovering why is the key to effective treatment.

Long-Term Health Threats of BPA and Other Endocrine Disruptors

Endocrine disruptors such as BPA cause developmental problems and disease. How does this damage occur?

Medicating ADHD: Diagnosis and the Long-Term Effects of the Medications

The potential danger of long-term use of ADHD drugs

Psychotropic Drugs and Children

The real dangers of psychotropic drugs that are routinely prescribed for children

Revealing the Brain through States of Unconsciousness

Important insights into the brain from research on anesthesia, coma and sleep

See What I Mean? Visualizing in Science

Visual representation is essential for the communication of science concepts and data

From The Cell to Cancer

What causes cancer? An internationally recognized research team discuss how different cancer theories shape cancer research

The Advent of Personalized Genomic Medicine

Genomic medicine will revolutionize health care, but it also introduces a challenge for data management

The Electric Eye: A Visual Prosthesis

A major breakthrough in the restoration of vision

The Issue of Psychiatric Drugs

Medications that are effective initially can cause very serious problems later

The Widespread Resistance to Antibiotics: Stuart B. Levy, M.D.

Exploring the "antibiotic paradox" and the decades-long efforts of Dr. Stuart Levy to avert the danger we have created

The Youth Pill

What are the possibilities of extending human life and good health?

Traffic Pollution and Child Cognition

The effects of vehicle pollutants on the developing brain

Understanding Viruses: The Connor Lab

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

Unraveling the Secrets of Viruses

Why are viruses so successful, and can we manage the bad ones?

Viruses: Threats in a Tiny Package

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.

What's Your DNA Profile Doing on a Federal Database?

The public should know the broad implications of forensic DNA