The Other Mother of Invention – Mistakes

Science can be a process of two extremes. On the one hand, successful studies and experiments involve careful planning, accuracy, and meticulous attention to detail. At the same time, key insights and breakthroughs often happen when the unexpected (and sometimes…

Putting the P in PCR: Taq Polymerase

Taq polymerase is a powerhouse molecule of biotechnology! Daily it’s used to solve crimes, diagnose diseases, personalize medical treatments, monitor food, and power synthetic biology creations – to name just a few. In 1989 it was named Molecule of the…

Best of the Best of 2020 Lists – Science Edition

2020 was one heck of a year. Record wildfires, nationwide protests against violence and systemic racism, divisive political battles, and a global pandemic dominated the new cycles and changed our lives. This year also contained its share of amazing discoveries,…