A Crack in the Safe of Genomic Studies

May 29, 2012

As genotyping becomes cheaper and more routine, the optimism about the medical benefits is laced with paranoia about genetic privacy. Personal genetics businesses promise the tighest security with their customers’ DNA test results, electronic [Read more]

Alan Turing’s Underrated Biology

March 19, 2012

By Rob Mitchum Alan Turing is best known as the father of the modern computer, a skillful World War II codebreaker, and a pioneer in the study of artificial intelligence. But in the last years before Turing’s death at age 41, he  aimed his [Read more]

The Curve That Changed the World

August 10, 2011

Let’s start with a statistic: almost 2,000 citations a year. One paper by Paul Meier, the Ralph and Mary Otis Isham Distinguished Service Professor emeritus of statistics, pharmacological and physiological sciences, medicine, and the college, [Read more]

When Academia is a Family Business

August 4, 2011

There’s something quaint and charming about a family business, where multiple generations work shoulder to shoulder to keep an enterprise afloat. But when the business in question is academia and the salaries are paid by tax dollars, suddenly [Read more]