Happy Birthday, Henrietta Lacks!

Happy Birthday, Henrietta Lacks! August 1st marks the 100th birthday of Henrietta Lacks, a virtual unknown African-American woman until recently, but a person whose impact on modern medicine is incalculable. Though the origins and commercialization of “HeLa” cells are fraught…

Biotech Basics: An Introduction to Cell Biology

The basic unit of all living organisms, from bacteria to humans, is the cell.  Robert Hooke first described the cell in 1665, when he used a microscope to examine a piece of cork.  To his eyes, he saw an orderly…