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Author Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee (l) with Dr. Michael Gottesman (c) and Dr. Doug Lowy

Mukherjee Provides Intimate Look at the Gene

The best book discussions raise thought-provoking questions, spark lively debate and leave us grappling with profound subjects. So it was most fitting that the inaugural NIH Big Read featured Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee...Read more

Dr. Mark Schiffman

Schiffman Inspires, Educates On Cervical Cancer

Listen up, those of you who have been around NIH for only a cup of coffee: Dr. Mark Schiffman’s Robert S. Gordon Jr. Lecture...Read more

NIGMS’s Dr. Mike Sakalian (l) and NLM’s Dr. Valerie Virta (rear) kept busy at the BTWD registration table. Each participant who signed in at the Bldg. 1. pit stop received a free T-shirt.

Warmth No Deterrent to Bike to Work Day

This year’s Bike to Work Day was “one of the warmest, but certainly not the rainiest,” said NIGMS’s Dr. Vernon Anderson...Read more



A scanning electron microscope picture of a nerve ending broken open to reveal vesicles (orange and blue) containing chemicals to pass messages in the nervous system.
ON THE COVER: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria (yellow, round items) killing and escaping from a human white cell


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Circus Premiere Night Cheers Youngsters, Families

Friends and families associated with Special Love, which runs Camp Fantastic each August, were guests at the circus.

For the 17th year, the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association provided a memorable night on Mar. 19 for the NIH community, patients and a variety of social service programs in the D.C. metro area. R&W was able to treat more than 2,500 children and their families to the annual Premiere Night of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Verizon Center.

Vaccine Research Center Gathers Momentum

Seated at the lip of the stage in Wilson Hall on May 28, wearing a loosened tie bearing a DNA helix motif and sipping from a can of decaf Sprite, NIH director Dr. Harold Varmus introduced a cadre of intramural scientists interested in AIDS to details of a plan announced by President Clinton 10 days earlier to launch a campaign to create an AIDS vaccine at NIH within the coming decade.

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria (yellow, round items) killing and escaping from a human white cell