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Consumer DNA Kits Give Research a Boost

Consumer DNA Kits Give Research a Boost

Consumer DNA Kits Give Research a Boost

Patients with lupus and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) recently became a pivotal part of studies without ever stepping foot in a clinic or hospital, thanks to a collaboration formed between Pfizer and the genetic testing company 23andMe. The mission: find genetic clues that may someday lead to...

6 Views of a Neuron by Golgi and Cajal

6 Views of a Neuron by Golgi and Cajal

6 Views of a Neuron by Golgi and Cajal

Camillo Golgi and Santiago Ramón y Cajal stain cells and uncover the intricate secrets of the nervous system.

Female Pioneers: Meet the Biochemist Who Tackled One of TB’s Great Mysteries

Female Pioneers: Meet the Biochemist Who Tackled One of TB’s Great Mysteries

Female Pioneers: Meet the Biochemist Who...

American scientist Florence Seibert developed a reliable test for TB, which has helped saved millions of lives.

This Scientist's Life: Mera Tilley

This Scientist's Life: Mera Tilley

This Scientist's Life: Mera Tilley

Meet Mera Tilley, a geneticist and Director in Pfizer’s Early Clinical Development Group in Kendall Square in Cambridge, who’s an expert in genetic biomarkers, studying the link between people’s genes, inflammatory diseases and their response to medicines.

Female Pioneers: The Doctor Who Saved Countless Babies

Female Pioneers: The Doctor Who Saved Countless Babies

Female Pioneers: The Doctor Who Saved Countless...

Nearly every newborn gets an assessment thanks to a physician named Virginia Apgar, who saw the need for better infant healthcare. ...

Diagnosing Disease by Voice

Diagnosing Disease by Voice

Diagnosing Disease by Voice

Detecting the occurrence of many diseases can be challenging without a blood test or other reliable screening tool. So researchers are now listening for the sounds of disease.

Flashback: Spanish Flu Mask

Flashback: Spanish Flu Mask

Flashback: Spanish Flu Mask

At the close of WWI, an estimated 50 million people died from the Spanish flu. Masks were the uninfected’s main line of defense.

In Drug Creation, Less Precious, More Green

In Drug Creation, Less Precious, More Green

In Drug Creation, Less Precious, More Green

Some of the most rare and expensive metals in the world — palladium, platinum, iridium, and even gold — have long been used to create drugs. But now scientists are finding cheaper, greener alternatives.

Flashback: Iron Lung

Flashback: Iron Lung

Flashback: Iron Lung

A medical miracle made of metal helped polio sufferers to breathe in the 1900s.

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