2010

The 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic: don’t panic but you are all going to die – Peter Coombs
The 2009 outbreak of pandemic influenza and the measures to contain the pandemic and characterise the virus.
A dangerous occupation – Zhores Medvedev
Early life and education in Soviet Russia during the second world war and immediate post-war years, and the influence of Trofim Lysenko on Soviet science.
Bringing it all back home: next-generation sequencing technology and you – Mike Gilchrist
Gene sequencing has helped to transform biomedical science. Details of how high-throughput sequencing works and what we can learn from its results.
Immortality and obscurity – Harriet Groom
An essay-review of Rebecca Skloot’s best-selling book about Henrietta Lacks, which won the 2010 Wellcome Trust Book Prize. The essay explains why HeLa cells are both remarkable and very useful to science.
Conquistadores and cot death – Marianne Neary
An interesting link between research into cot death and adaptation to life at high altitude. This essay was shortlisted for the Max Perutz Science Writing Award 2010.
Is immunotherapy the ultimate solution for Alzheimer’s disease? – Marina Lynch
What Alzheimer’s disease is and how immunological therapies are showing great promise as treatments for Alzheimer’s.
Lithium, manic depression and beyond – Qiling Xu
Lithium’s pharmacological effects, its use in bipolar affective disorder and its effects on major developmental signalling pathways.
Translation: beating scientific swords into medical ploughshares – John Galloway
Translational research helps to bridge the gap between basic biomedical science and clinical benefits for patients.
What makes bone marrow such a versatile resource for curing human diseases? – Thomas Elliott
Why bone marrow is an important therapeutic tool.This essay won the 2010 NIMR Human Biology Essay Competition for local schools.
Book review: Life Ascending – Michael Sargent
A short review of the book Life Ascending, by Nick Lane. One of the selection of ten science books, reviewed by members of NIMR staff
Book review: Living with Enza – Michael Sargent
Short review of Living with Enza: The Forgotten Story of Britain and the Great Flu Pandemic of 1918, by Mark Honigsbaum
Book review: The Age of Wonder – Frank Norman
Short review of The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science, by Richard Holmes.
Book review: Mismatch: Why Our World No Longer Fits Our Bodies – Michael Sargent
Short review of Mismatch: Why Our World No Longer Fits Our Bodies, by Peter Gluckman & Mark Hanson.
Book review: 50 Genetics Ideas You Really Need to Know – Frank Norman
Short review of 50 Genetics Ideas You Really Need to Know, by Mark Henderson.
Book review: The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks – Vicky Millins
Short review of The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot.
Book review: Invisible Frontiers – Paul Driscoll
Short review of Invisible Frontiers: The Race to Synthesize a Human Gene, by Stephen S. Hall.
Book review: The Billion Dollar Molecule – Paul Driscoll
Short review of The Billion Dollar Molecule: One Company’s Quest for the Perfect Drug, by Barry Werth.
Book review: God’s Philosophers – Jose Saldanha and Alessandro Pandini
Short review of God’s Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science, by James Hannam.
Book review: Heart of a Dog – Frank Norman
Short review of Heart of a Dog, by Mikhail Bulgakov.

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