Cracking a Ubiquitous Code

We asked the heads of our scientific divisions to tell us about some of the big questions in fundamental biomedical science that researchers are investigating with NIGMS support. This article is the third in an occasional series that explores these Continue reading

RISE-ing Above: Embracing Physical Disability in the Lab

This is the fourth post in a new series highlighting NIGMS’ efforts toward developing a robust, diverse and well-trained scientific workforce. Marina Z. Nakhla Hometown: West Los Angeles, California Blogs For: Ottobock “Life in Motion,” a forum for the amputee community, where Continue reading

Chasing Fireflies—and Better Cellular Imaging Techniques

Firefly. Credit: Stock photo. The yellow-green glow from this summer’s fireflies teased my kids across the yard. Max and Stella zigzagged the grass, occasionally jumping into the air to cup a firefly in their hands and then proudly shouting, “I Continue reading

Field Focus: High-Quality Genome Sequences Inform the Study of Human Evolution

Leafing through my favorite biology textbook from a handful of years ago, I was struck by the relative brevity of the chapter on human evolution. While other fields of biological research have enjoyed a steady gallop of productivity over the Continue reading

There’s an “Ome” for That

In the 13 years since the sequencing of the human genome, the list of “omes” has proliferated. Drop us a comment with your favorite ome—we may feature it in a follow-up post next month. Have you ever collected coins, cards, Continue reading

The Science of Size: Rebecca Heald Explores Size Control in Amphibians

Credit: Mark Hanson. Rebecca Heald Grew up in: Greenville, Pennsylvania Studied at: Hamilton College, Rice University, Harvard Medical School Job site: University of California, Berkeley Favorite hobby: Cycling A 50-pound frog isn’t some freak of nature or a creepy Halloween Continue reading