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Dr. Catherine DeAngelis says conflict, and its management, are inevitable physician realities.

Town Hall Updates Progress On ‘Optimize NIH’

At an NIH-wide town hall meeting on the effort to “Optimize NIH,” NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak wanted to make one thing clear at the outset.

“There will be no reductions in force, so-called RIFs, as a result of this effort...Read more

Dr. Didier Stainier

World Bank’s Kim Describes Conversion at Chat

Eighteen years before he was named 12th president of the World Bank Group in 2012, Dr. Jim Yong Kim...Read more

Dr. Tom Shakespeare

Big Data Clouds Are Feeding Personalized Nutrition

An apple a day doesn’t really keep the doctor away, but what if you knew what did, for you personally? Are there certain...Read more



Streptococcus pyrogenese bound to a human neutrophil
ON THE COVER: Lung on a chip. Combining microfabrication techniques with modern tissue engineering, the lung-on-a-chip offers new in vitro approach to drug screening by mimicking mechanical and biochemical behaviors of a human lung.


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Expert Panel Discusses Bioterrorism Threat, Preparedness in U.S.

Smallpox authority Dr. Donald A. Henderson of Johns Hopkins said the virus could be used eventually as a weapon of bioterrorism.

The thought of adapting biological agents to do harm instead of good seems anathema at NIH. But the campus played host Mar. 23 to a sober discussion of how the United States must prepare nonetheless for the possibility, once regarded as taboo, that some group may use viruses, bacteria or toxins to sicken or kill unsuspecting thousands of citizens. Because this threat has become more plausible in recent years, NIH's role in both disease prevention and therapy has broadened.

NIH Marks Women's History Month

Ann Timmons, a communication artist, performed a one-woman play about equal rights pioneer Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

"Critical Thinking." That's how women at NIH change America, according to organizers of the 2005 Women's History Month celebration, who adapted the occasion's national theme — "Women Change America" — for the NIH audience.

Leading off the celebration, sponsored by NIH's Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management on Mar. 9, Ann Timmons, a communication artist, performed the one-woman play, Off the Wall: The Life and Works of Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Author in 1892 of The Yellow Wallpaper, a semi-autobiographical account of a woman's struggle with depression, Gilman was a pundit and lecturer on equal rights for women.

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Sea lampreys can teach us more about cancer biology, tissue regeneration, evolutionary biology and more. Sea lampreys contain two different genomes and can regrow a severed spinal cord. NIGMS’s Early-Career Investigator Lecture will feature a researcher who studies the creature; see p. 12.