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Virtual Lab Series

In six interactive virtual labs, identify bacteria, examine heart patients, probe the nervous system, assay antibodies, study circadian rhythms, and analyze evolution in action in stickleback fish.

Winter 2014, HHMI Bulletin

Shipping News: Nobel-winning work on the basics of cellular transport. Available in print.

The Double Helix

This film tells the story of the scientists and evidence involved in one of the most important scientific quests of the 20th century: the discovery of the structure of DNA. Available on DVD.

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HHMI scientists are known for devoting whole careers to an idea or question. Sometimes they are bench scientists. Sometimes they are theorists. Sometimes they are educators. But they are all risk-takers. They believe in the sheer pursuit of discovery. And that is what makes HHMI unique. Highlights...
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Sixty years after Watson and Crick revealed the structure of the DNA double helix and only a decade after scientists published the first complete sequence of the human genome, the ability to routinely sequence and analyze individual genomes is revolutionizing the practice of medicine. In the 2013...
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Express Shipping: The winners of this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine discovered how packages of molecules are ferried around and between cells. Also in this issue: Straight Shooter: Danny Reinberg chose an unconventional model organism to study gene expression. In the process, he's...
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Our planet has millions of species, including thousands of mammals, fish, birds, and reptiles, and even more butterflies, beetles, and other animals, each adapted to one of an enormous variety of habitats. The richness and diversity of life raises two of the most profound questions in biology: How...
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James Watson and Francis Crick collected and interpreted key evidence to determine that DNA molecules take the shape of a twisted ladder—a double helix. The film presents the challenges, false starts, and eventual success of their bold chase, culminating in the classic 1953 publication in...
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This series of five short films features unforgettable examples of the evolutionary process in action. Produced by award-winning filmmakers, each film is an adventure of discovery. From the postglacial lakes in southern Alaska to the highlands of East Africa, fascinating creatures and pioneering...
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Microbial Social Network: Decoding bacterial chatter may clarify our relationship to their vast communities. Also in this issue: Driven: Bert Vogelstein is on a mission to change the outlook for people with cancer. Explorers: After an intense competition, 27 scientists had the right stuff to be...
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In six interactive virtual labs, identify bacteria, examine heart patients, probe the nervous system, assay antibodies, study circadian rhythms, and analyze evolution in action in stickleback fish. Bacterial ID Lab: Use DNA sequencing techniques to identify deadly pathogens. Cardiology Lab:...
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Modern humans have lived on Earth for only the past 200,000 years—not even a blink of an eye in the history of a planet that is about 4.6 billion years old. Scientists have discovered a rich fossil record of animal evolution going back more than 600 million years and a much richer one of microbial...
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The disappearance of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period posed one of the greatest, long-standing scientific mysteries. This three-act film tells the story of the extraordinary detective work that solved it. Representing a rare instance with which many different scientific...
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When Darwin proposed that humans evolved from a common ancestor with the great apes, he lacked fossil evidence to support his idea. One hundred and fifty years later, the evidence for human evolution is plentiful and growing, including detailed molecular genetics data, an impressive fossil record...
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Year of Chemistry: Chemists fascinated by the complexity of biology are solving problems in neuroscience, immunology, and cell signaling. Also in this issue: Have Microscope, Will Travel: Biology students and faculty immersed in summer courses at Woods Hole get their hands on a remarkably...
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In this report: 15 new plant scientists, shutting off anxiety, what it takes to control HIV naturally, new open access journal, microscopy's new world, Jeffrey Friedman receives Lasker Award, targeting cancer stem cells, missing DNA makes us human, RNA-DNA differences uncovered, documentary film...
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Why is dengue fever becoming a worldwide health threat? What other epidemics are on the horizon? How can we detect and counter emerging infectious diseases? In four presentations, Dr. Joseph L. DeRisi and Dr. Eva Harris explain how they use both simple and sophisticated technologies to detect and...
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Going Deep: Researchers are diving into the complicated world of the human gut. Also in this issue:     Two Roads to an End: Though separated by an ocean, Christopher Plowe and Abdoulaye Djimdé are bound by their determination to stop malaria's global toll;   Into the...
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Light Moves: Light is becoming the tool of choice for researchers who want to precisely manipulate neurons and other cells in "Light Moves." Also in this issue:    A Kaleidoscopic View: Elaine Fuchs brings an eye for the creative in the many-colored facets of her life and work; Silver...
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In this report: new melanoma drug shows promise, transforming science education at all levels, Schmoke elected chairman of the HHMI trustees, evolution's art, our biased genes, the molecular origins of a rare eye disorder, Bishai named head of new TB-HIV institute, Nobels honor Szostak and Steitz...
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What medical secrets do venomous snails hold? How can listening in on bacterial conversations help develop new antibiotics? In four presentations, Dr. Bonnie L. Bassler and Dr. Baldomero M. Olivera reveal how a deeper understanding of nature and biodiversity informs their research into new...
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In this report: Tjian takes the helm, Tsien receives the Nobel Prize, K-RITH breaks new ground, early career honors, new training for future docs, genes help cancer spread, keeping microbes mum, a better memory-boosting drug, gene network buoys cancer, when the brain's wiring fails, financials.
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Is there any more to mind than the brain? Does experience shape the way our brain develops? When we learn something new is our brain physically altered? In four presentations, Dr. Thomas M. Jessell and Dr. Eric R. Kandel help us puzzle out how the brain is organized, how it develops, how it...
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In this report: asking big questions, making creative connections, putting new approaches to the test, probing complexity, the year in review, financials. 88 pages. The HHMI annual report reviews accomplishments in biomedical research and science education and provides a summary of the Institute's...
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Nobel laureate Mario Capecchi has the confidence to march to his own drummer and the patience to focus on the long view. Read about Capecchi's long-term view in "Guided by His Inner Compass." Also in this issue: Studying the form and function of this cellular sac of enzymes is leading to...
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Can AIDS be cured? Why has it been so hard to develop a vaccine against HIV? How are new medicines revolutionizing AIDS treatment? In four presentations, Dr. Bruce D. Walker and Dr. Bisola O. Ojikutu explain why understanding HIV evolution is critical to fighting AIDS. This DVD set includes...
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Scientists with technical ingenuity are opening new vistas into the finer points of the cell.To true tinkerers the limits of the present are never permanent barriers, merely offers they can't refuse in "A Different Mindset." Also in this issue: Sydney Brenner's hopes for understanding the brain—...
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Can a pill be the solution to the diabesity epidemic? Does the answer lie in "Exercise in a Pill?" Also in this issue: Researchers believe they are deciphering some of the mysteries of sleep, particularly its role in forging new memories in "Memories Are Made Like This"; HHMI professor, Louis...

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