‘GIVE FROM OUR OVERFLOW’
Taylor Calls on NIH’ers to Adopt, Share Healthy Behavior, Attitude

Susan L. Taylor of Essence magazine
Susan L. Taylor of Essence magazine
 

Susan L. Taylor was a 20-something, broke, exhausted newly single mom waiting in the emergency room, fully expecting the chest pain she’d had all week to be diagnosed as a heart attack. She was overwhelmed, over-burdened and under-employed. She was not, however, experiencing a heart attack. “You’re having an anxiety attack,” the doctor explained, “and you need to relax.”

Still worried, but relieved and grateful her ailment wasn’t worse, Taylor decided to walk home and save the $5 in her pocket for food for her daughter. Wandering into a church service, she heard a sermon, a message unlike any she’d heard in her Catholic school upbringing—that with our mind we shape our world. That was decades, a successful 37-year publishing career and several more thriving ventures ago.

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BEETLE MANIA
Insect-Borne Pathogens Threaten Crops

Dr. Roberto Kolter
Dr. Roberto Kolter
 

Wondering why the carefully tended vegetables in your garden have started to look rather lifeless? You’re not necessarily losing your green thumb. The culprit might be a pathogen, transmitted by a beetle or other invasive critter, which can rapidly invade susceptible plants.

These days, the headlines are dominated by such mosquito-borne viruses as Zika and dengue, but there are also numerous bacterial pathogens that affect hundreds of plant varieties.

One common insect-borne disease, bacterial wilt of cucurbits, is of particular interest to Dr. Roberto Kolter, a microbiology professor at Harvard Medical School, who delivered the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture recently. His lab is studying the evolution of this fatal plant disease, an annual epidemic in the northeastern United States. It’s a story of old world meets new world, microbiology and anthropology, food security and health.

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