Q: Does veterinary science really know anything medical science doesn’t?
A: Yes. I was consulting on a case of heart failure in an emperor tamarin in the Los Angeles Zoo. The veterinarian warned that if I looked directly into the monkey’s eyes, I’d give her capture myopathy—a form of heart failure triggered by intense fear. Human medical researchers “discovered” a similar syndrome in the early 2000s, but vets have been aware of it for nearly 40 years.
In Finer Focus
Bringing never-before-seen structures into view, today’s microscopy is dispelling cartoon concepts and answering unanticipated questions.
Same Genes, Different Fates
Few identical twins suffer identical maladies, leading science to probe the significance of epigenetic changes that make paths diverge.
In One Breath
The air you exhale carries a wealth of clinical data, and scientists are fashioning ever more precise methods for divining its truths.
Microscope lenses have come a long way and today can reveal the inner workings of cells in previously unthinkable detail.
As resistance to antibiotics grows, might phage therapy, a treatment that fell out of favor decades ago, be the answer?
Microscopic models—half living, half not—may prove more reliable than animals in explaining human disease and testing therapies.
Can dogs' facility at sniffing out tumors be turned into a sensitive diagnostic tool?
Tying together multiple organs on a chip could multiply the research benefits of looking at an individual heart or liver. But engineering tiny systems is a huge challenge.
Networks for sharing tissue and data across institutions and continents could be invaluable. But we’re not there yet.
After 50 years, we take a look back at the pharmaceutical industry's first $100 million brand: Mother’s little helper.
hygiene hypothesis ['hī-jēn hī-pä-thə-səs] n: the notion that an almost obsessive emphasis on cleanliness in Western cultures has caused an increase in such autoimmune disorders as allergies and asthma.