Medicine

Articles about medicine, physiology, pathology, microbiology, drugs, food, neuroscience and psychology...

14 September 2005

If you want a sure-fire conversation starter to pull out of your pocket during an awkward social moment, try this: Why...

07 September 2005

The Chilean Sea Bass, or Patagonian Toothfish, is a very tasty fish particularly popular in America. Gene looks into...

31 August 2005

We all know about pain, or at least we think we do. Things that damage our bodies cause pain. But do you always feel...

24 August 2005

The placenta forms on the uterus wall during pregnancy and, via the umbilical cord, links the baby to its mother. Chris...

17 August 2005

In 1953 Cambridge scientists Watson & Crick discovered the double-helix structure of DNA. 50 years later other...

03 August 2005

The joke goes that humans end up resembling their pets. But it looks increasingly like animals are having the last...

27 July 2005

Transposons are pieces of DNA that have jumped their way around our genome throughout evolution. What are transposons...

29 June 2005

I am supposed to write about one of my great passions, drinking wine.

22 June 2005

The life of a laboratory animal is not generally an enviable one. However, for some fruitflies in San Francisco it must...

15 June 2005

This article looks at how influenza (flu) was discovered, how influenza spreads, infects people, and grows, how to...

25 May 2005

Can we all be brilliant? Bit by bit thousands of researchers are trying to untangle the workings of the brain. But how...

18 May 2005

Photo-therapy is the term used to describe treatments which use light to achieve their effects. But how do these work...

11 May 2005

The recently discovered traces of ricin in a makeshift laboratory in a flat in London have caused a media frenzy over...

04 May 2005

Radiologist Bob Bury investigates some of the new 'scanning' technologies, which have revolutionised medical...

27 April 2005

Previously dan looked at relatively simple dreams in which this pattern readily could be perceived. Now we shall see...

02 March 2005

Caffeine seems to be vital for the functioning of the modern world, from keeping drivers awake to getting that last...

23 February 2005

Are the days of private thoughts numbered? A new development in neuroscience, functional magnetic resonance imaging (...

02 February 2005

A material designed originally to help rockets blast into space (Cytomatrix) is now helping scientists in America to...

26 January 2005

A report was published warning that Britain's prosperity will suffer if the government does not come up with new...

19 January 2005

Discovered by Wilhelm Roentgen almost by accident, X rays are part of the electromagnetic spectrum that includes...

12 January 2005

Dan starts a three part series on dream interpretation. He starts by looking at how theoreticians have viewed dreams,...

29 December 2004

The European Prospective Investigation of Cancer (EPIC) is a large multi-centre study looking at the connection between...

22 December 2004

The brain is probably the most fascinating yet impenetrable organ studied by scientists. One question that remains to...