Molecular Engineering

November 26, 2012

Viruses like HIV build a “suit of armor” out of nucleic acids to protect their genetic information. If scientists could develop a clear picture of how a virus assembles this protective suit, called a capsid, it could reveal potential [Read more]

Hacking the Brain’s Security System

May 11, 2012

by Rob Mitchum The brain is a privileged organ, afforded protections denied to all the other organs of the body. Though the circulatory system functions much the same way above and below the neck, using blood to exchange nourishment for waste with [Read more]

The Flaws That Made Us Complex

May 19, 2011

One common misconception about evolution is that it produces “better” organisms with time – a seductive opinion to humans who would like to think of themselves as the pinnacle of natural selection. In a way, it’s an easy [Read more]

A Locksmith & The Immune Army

January 3, 2011

The immune system relies heavily on memory and recognition, with its success dependent on marshaling defenses against only the right infectious invaders. Scientists are finding that this memory requires a lot of moving parts, including molecules [Read more]