2009

Ageing – why, how and what happens next? – Michael G. Sargent
The mechanisms of ageing and the reasons why we don’t stay young forever.
Sir Peter Medawar’s years as director of NIMR: a vignette – Leslie Brent
An appreciation of Peter Medawar, the brilliant, Nobel-prize-winning scientist, philosopher and gifted populariser of science.
Living and dying with the tubercle bacillus – Douglas Young and Sebastien Gagneux
Understanding the past history of tuberculosis can help to tackle the disease today.
Stem cells: sorting out the hope from the hype – Alex P. Gould and François Guillemot
How stem cells work and what their therapeutic uses are.
Nanographia – Peter Rosenthal
Modern biology uses a range of imaging techniques to study cells and the molecules within cells.
How I became a physical biochemist – a Jack of all trades and master of none – John Eccleston
A vivid picture of life in biochemical laboratories in the 1960s.
Why do we need ‘programmed cell death’ (apoptosis)? – Muhammad Ashraf
Why apoptosis, or programmed cell death, is such an important biological process. Written by a student at Queen Elizabeth’s School, joint winner of the 2009 NIMR Human Biology Essay competition.
Can the biomedical community eradicate a disease like measles? – Alastair McFarlane
Is it feasible to eradicate infectious diseases such as measles? Written by a student at Queen Elizabeth’s School, joint winner of the 2009 NIMR Human Biology Essay competition.

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