“The stoneware vinegar bottle was Marie-Do’s sole culinary contribution to the house. Into it, she emptied the few trickles of red wine left after the dinner party. Inside, the mère, or mother, a gel-like colony of bacteria, transformed it into an aromatic vinegar. This bottle, with the mère already inside, came to Paris in 1959 […]
The nurse in Annemasse, France, could tell from the label on the blood bag destined for Paris that this blood was pretty unusual. But when she read the details closely, her eyes widened. Surely it was impossible for this man seated beside her to be alive, let alone apparently healthy? Penny Bailey at Mosaic Science […]
Stanford Medicine Professor John Ioannidis caused quite a stir a few years ago with a paper in PLOS Medicine entitled “Why Most Published Research Findings are False” (according to PLOS, the paper has been accessed more than a million times). Now, Ioannidis returns to the (electronic) pages of PLOS Medicine, and switches from despair to action […]
A walk down memory lane: watch as Paul Berg, one of the fathers of molecular biology and winner of the 1980 Nobel Chemistry Prize, gives a brief personal history of how a basic research program in bacterial genetics gave rise to the technology responsible for the biotech industry.
I don’t know how long the editorial staff at eLife took to come up with this title, but ‘Gene Swapping in the Dead Zone‘ is hard to beat. A look at virus-bacteria interactions in the ocean oxygen depleted areas “also known as marine dead zones (…) where oxygen respiration is rapid, and the physical processes […]
“It is a gross overtrivialization of even the directed scientific process involved in developing vaccines to suggest that simply by spending more money on something you are guaranteed a product. And, if I were in Congress, frankly I’d be sick of hearing this kind of baloney, and would respond with a long list of things […]
This was a bad Nobel year for people who believe in boundaries between scientific disciplines. Many would argue the Physics prize essentially went to Chemistry, and everyone I spoke with agreed that the Chemistry prize went to Physics. In this short film produced by the Max Planck Society, Dr Stefan Hell, who shared the 2014 […]