July 27, 2018

  • Author Ed Yong on stage with NIH director Dr. Francis Collins at the Big Read event.

    Yong Discusses Wonderful World of Microbes

    The topic is quite infectious, though most kinds of microbes are not. We’re colonized by trillions of bacteria and other microbes, the bulk of them beneficial or harmless.
  • Dr. Frans de Waal

    Biologist Studies How Species Reconcile, Cooperate

    A renowned biologist and primatologist, de Waal studies animal social behavior and repeatedly demonstrates that animals are emotional, empathetic beings.
  • Dr. Jerome Adams

    NIH Cannot Forget Patients With Chronic Pain

    There’s a joint crisis of pain and addiction in America, said NIH director Dr. Francis Collins. On one hand, 25 million Americans report chronic pain daily. On the other hand, an estimated 2 million Americans are addicted to opioid pain relievers.
  • Dr. Ronald Gress and Dr. Christopher Kanakry discuss advances in the field.

    NCI Team Discusses Transplantation Advances

    There’s something about cyclophosphamide. Administered to patients who have undergone hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, the drug is highly effective in preventing one of the most common, and deadly, post-transplant complications—severe graft vs. host disease (GVHD).
RNA molecules.

On the Cover

RNA molecules. Scientists have harnessed the power of RNA interference to study the function of many individual genes by reducing their activity or silencing them. This process allows researchers to identify genes and molecules that are linked to particular diseases.

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