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Ruminations on Rapid Tests

23 Dec 2021

To test or not to test, that is the question, to steal a line from Shakespeare. Actually, when to test is a more important query because there is no doubt that appropriate testing of the population...

Humans Sometimes Get in the Way of Science

2 Apr 2021

I never expected to read the word “glooped” in a BBC article. An investigation by the BBC programme Panorama recently revealed troubling behaviour on the part of some technicians at one of the...

The World’s Second Best Molecule of the Year

12 Feb 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has made visible so many unsung heroes. Essential workers, parents who must work from home and care for their children, healthcare personnel. But there is one hero whose...

How Do We Rapidly Test for COVID-19?

12 Mar 2020

There’s a lot of talk about testing for the new coronavirus and how testing kits are in short supply in certain areas. But what few people explain is what is inside this mystery box. How are...

The Man Who Photocopied DNA and Also Saw a Talking Fluorescent Raccoon

15 Aug 2019

It may be surprising to learn that the credited inventor of the most important workhorse in molecular biology—the polymerase chain reaction or PCR—once claimed he had seen a talking fluorescent...

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