2011/2012

The sense of smell – A milestone to understanding the brain – Ed Bracey
The olfactory system underlies our sense of smell. A description of the neuroscience behind the functioning of this system.
Vitamin D: a natural wonder drug we’re all avoiding? – Anna K Coussens
Vitamin D has been much in the news recently. It affects many different processes in our bodies, and is important to avoid vitamin D deficiency.
Vitamin D – historical note – Frank Norman
The race to understand what vitamin D is.
Immune signatures in disease and visions for their future use – Anne O’Garra
A broad overview of the workings of the immune system, focusing on work in tuberculosis, and a glimpse into the future use of immune signatures for detecting and monitoring infectious and inflammatory diseases.
A key for every lock in the universe – the Blind Locksmith ? – Benedict Seddon
The immune system is a remarkable and remarkably complex set of tools that our bodies have developed for fighting off infection. We explain the functioning of the part of the immune system that produces antibodies.
The mechanics of nanomedicine – Tania Saxl
Nanotechnology is closely associated with engineering and materials science, but is starting to become useful in biology and medicine too.
To screen, or not to screen? Have we anything to fear from genetic screening? – Abida Gani
The winner of the 2011 NIMR Human Biology Essay Competition looks at genetic testing for disease.
Griff Pugh, exercise physiology and the Olympics – Frank Norman
Historical note about Griff Pugh, NIMR physiologist.
Book review: Origins: How the nine months before birth shape the rest of our lives – Michael Sargent
A short review of the book Origins: How the nine months before birth shape the rest of our lives, by Annie Murphy Paul. One of the selection of science books, reviewed by members of NIMR staff.
Book review: Bad science – Joachim Payne
A short review of the book Bad science, by Ben Goldacre. One of the selection of science books, reviewed by members of NIMR staff.
Book review: By the sea – Frank Norman
A short review of the book By the sea, by Henry Gee. One of the selection of science books, reviewed by members of NIMR staff.
Book review: The Emperor of all maladies – Emma Cookson
A short review of the book The Emperor of all maladies, by Siddhartha Mukherjee. One of the selection of science books, reviewed by members of NIMR staff.
Book review: Max Perutz and the secret of life – Frank Norman
A short review of the book Max Perutz and the secret of life, by Georgina Ferry. One of the selection of science books, reviewed by members of NIMR staff.
Book review: The 10,000 year explosion: how civilisation accelerated human evolution – Michael Sargent
A short review of the book The 10,000 year explosion: how civilisation accelerated human evolution, by Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending. One of the selection of science books, reviewed by members of NIMR staff
Book review: Biopunk: kitchen-counter scientists hack the software of life – Frank Norman
A short review of the book Biopunk: kitchen-counter scientists hack the software of life, by Marcus Wohlsen. One of the selection of science books, reviewed by members of NIMR staff

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