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  • April 17, 2014

    It was a typical morning in the lab as Jeff Brodsky scanned a computer monitor, checking data from an imaging machine. Reading the info, he saw completely unexpected results. I’d better repeat this to make sure it’s true, Brodsky thought.

    “Understanding the results and what the next experiment would be was a knee-jerk response,” he said.

    Little did he realize it as a moment that would lead to changes in how doctors may be able to treat a specific class of diseases. »

  • April 10, 2014

    Some scientists get the chance to identify a gene that causes a deadly disease. Others spend their careers testing ways to treat those diseases. But few, in a single career, get the chance to do both.

    In the past 20 years, Leslie Thompson has done both. What's more, she has done it after taking time away from science early in her career to raise children. »

  • April 4, 2014

    AAAS Fellow Jane Maienschein’s scientific journey started in her hometown, Oakridge, Tenn., also home to the Oakridge National Laboratory, where “there was just science in the air. It was more a question of which science you were going to do, rather than whether you were going to do science,” Maienschein says. »

  • April 1, 2014
    Lafayette Frederick's interest in plants began during childhood walks with his teacher and sharecropper father. It was further fostered during a naval tour of duty in Hawaii. Now he studies fungal diseases of plants and the ecology of slime molds. 
  • March 25, 2014

    Tails up, heads down, thousands of tiny worms burrow into their bed of torn paper towels in a tank in Bruce O’Gara’s lab. The worms are deep red, slender and hairlike. Some inch across the surface or squirm in wriggling burgundy clumps at the corners of the turquoise tank.

    As the tank pump burbles in the quiet lab, O’Gara generates his own steady frequency, a murmur of advice, tips and questions for the two undergraduates standing beside him.

    On their study animal: “Remember, brains and annelids are almost a misnomer.” »