Emmett Chappelle and the invention of the “firefly” bioluminescence assay

In these last days of summer, I’ve been having fun catching (and releasing) the fireflies that appear every night in the woods near our house. It's only recently that I learned that these flashing bugs were the inspiration behind ATP…

Location, Location, Location: Mapping and Tracking Disease

Medical breakthroughs happen when new technologies help us see previously invisible things. In biology, the trend is often to help researchers see the very small. For example, microscopes let humans see and study the many viruses, bacteria, insects, etc. that…