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Abstractions blog

The Strange Case of Typhoid Mary

August 31, 2016

The infamous case of Typhoid Mary underscores the importance of tolerance in understanding disease.

infectious disease

A New Way to Predict Infection’s Toll

August 30, 2016

Scientists have developed new ways to forecast who will bounce back from disease by studying not just the way the immune system fights infections, but how the body repairs itself.

Abstractions blog

A New Step in Re-Creating First Life on Earth

August 25, 2016

An RNA molecule that can make copies of a variety of RNAs adds new support to the RNA-world theory.

neuroscience

The Neuroscience Behind Bad Decisions

August 23, 2016

Irrationality may be a consequence of the brain’s ravenous energy needs.

biophysics

Jammed Cells Expose the Physics of Cancer

August 16, 2016

The subtle mechanics of densely packed cells may help explain why some cancerous tumors stay put while others break off and spread through the body.

Abstractions blog

How to Grow a New Model Organism

July 27, 2016

To develop new model organisms, scientists will have to find species that are easy to grow in the lab.

zoology

Biologists Search for New Model Organisms

July 26, 2016

The bulk of biological research is centered on a handful of species. Are we missing a huge chunk of interesting biology?

Abstractions blog

Faster Evolution on a Warmer Earth

July 12, 2016

When life first emerged roughly 4 billion years ago, DNA may have been a much more malleable molecule.

universality

A Bird’s-Eye View of Nature’s Hidden Order

July 12, 2016

Scientists are exploring a mysterious pattern, found in birds’ eyes, boxes of marbles and other surprising places, that is neither regular nor random.