Genes Means Hearts

In 2000, the human genome, a manuscript containing all the genes that make us human, was completed at a cost of $3 billion dollars. At a cost of nearly $1 a letter, this makes it the costliest script ever bought (its worthiest competitor being Audubon’s ‘Birds of America’, sold for $11.5 million). What, apart from […]

Playing God

Who really decides your medical treatment? The government wants it to be you, but are you really the best judge? Lies, damned lies, and statistics. A household catchphrase referring to the deceptive nature of statistical studies. People are easily seduced by science when it is presented as logic and reason. After all, numbers shouldn’t lie. […]

Walking Away from Paralysis

Does the solution to paralysis emulate an infant’s developing nervous system? Can we regrow spines? Medicine has come a long way in the past century, and like most technology, progress has been exponential with the addition of automated machinery and global research collaboration. However, there remain conditions stubbornly resistent to the physician’s intent to cure. […]

Mortal Devices

This article is taken from the Spring 2012 issue of I, Science. Jo Poole asks whether humans really can be repaired like machines. It is true that however well we look after our health, from diet and exercise to vaccination, all organisms are subject to progressive changes. These arise via both extrinsic devices such as […]

Nodding Disease

Jo Poole looks into the mystery disease that has killed thousands of children in rural Africa. The Daily Mail have pegged it “the zombie disease” haunting North Uganda and tribe witch doctors blame it on vengeful spirits left over from the activities of the Lord’s Resistance Army. But more commonly it has been called ‘nodding […]