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Antibiotic abuse: the nightmare scenario

Imagine a world in which even the slightest scratch could be lethal. Cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, and organ transplants are no longer possible. Even simple surgery is too risky to contemplate, while epidemics triggered by deadly bacteria have left our health services helpless.<p>It is …

Microbiology

Celebrating Rosalind Franklin: a perfect example of single-minded devotion to research

Today is the 93rd anniversary of the birth of British biophysicist Rosalind Franklin, a pioneering x-ray crystallographer who is being honoured today …

Would Rosalind Franklin have won a Nobel for her work on viruses?

If she had survived, the scientist Rosalind Franklin would be 93 on Thursday. A Google Doodle celebrates her birthday and the formidable scientific …

Do scientists mind being called boffins?

There's a show on the BBC called "Some People with Jokes". The most recent episode was titled "Some Boffins With Jokes". Several people I know were …

False Memories Created In Brains Of Lab Mice

Tinkering with the brains of mice, scientists have given the rodents memories of events that never occurred.<p>The researchers used a technique that involves activating neurons with light to train mice to "remember" a painful experience in a completely different context from that in which they …