Category: Science Magazine

Comment on “Expectations of brilliance underlie gender distributions across academic disciplines”

Science Co-written by Shulamit Kahn, Questrom School of Business We read Leslie et al.’s paper (1) with great interest, having completed a review on academic women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines with our colleagues Stephen Ceci and Wendy Williams (2)… View full article co-written by expert Shulamit Kahn

The drug push

Science Magazine Kevin Outterson, School of Law This past January, microbiologists Kim Lewis and Slava Epstein reported the discovery of teixobactin, a compound that in lab dishes kills several antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Media outlets heralded the discovery, announced in Nature, as a new solution to the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance… Expert quote: “For […]

DNA tape recorder stores a cell’s memories

Science Magazine Ahmad Khalil, College of Engineering If cells could talk, they’d have quite a story to tell: Their life history would include what molecules they’d seen passing by, which signals they’d sent to neighbors, and how they’d grown and changed… Expert quote: “They’ve done a really exceptional job turning DNA into readable, writable memory […]

Updated: U.S. halts funding for new risky virus studies, calls for voluntary moratorium

Science Magazine Paul Duprex, School of Medicine, NEIDL The White House today stepped into an ongoing debate about controversial virus experiments with a startling announcement: It is halting all federal funding for so-called gain-of-function (GOF) studies that alter a pathogen to make it more transmissible or deadly so that experts can work out a U.S. government-wide […]

A New Breed of Cancer Researcher

Science Magazine Bennett Goldberg, College of Engineering As our understanding of cancer has gone from simplistic to complex, so too has research on treatment and detection. In a field once dominated by scientists with biomedical backgrounds, cancer research today includes engineers, chemists, and physicists… Expert quote: “There’s a strong perceived need among cancer research funding […]

An Emergency Hatch for Baby Lizards

Science Magazine Karen Warkentin, College of Arts & Sciences Talk about hatching an escape plan… Expert quote: “This is not just happening in delicate skinks—I’m thinking that environmentally cued hatching is very widespread, in many groups. But exactly how embryos make the decision to stay put or bail out is something we’re still trying to […]