• portrait of Michelle Hauser looking at vegetables in a farmer's market

    Medical Toque

    by Jessica Cerretani

  • graphic design with the words "AIDS at" in black on a red field, the numeral 3 reversed out in white from the red and a zero in black on a white field

    AIDS at 30

    A shape-shifting virus continues to perplex researchers

    by Scott P. Edwards

  • wooden chairs on a brick patio with sun shining on plants visible along patio's edge

    Place Setting

    An orchard can be a labor of love—and a testament to biodiversity

    by Angela Alberti

  • bristlecone pine tree in the desert

    Stone Soup

    A pinch of food and a dash of stress may lead to a long life

    by Jake Miller

  • agricultural field filled with peanut plants

    Ground Force

    Can peanuts heal a malnourished nation?

    by Karin Kiewra

  • people in orange and gray jackets kneeling or bent over, examining dirt in a pit

    Spelunking for Genes

    A bone and a molar hold clues to a new branch of our family tree

    by Debra Bradley Ruder

  • vending machine filled with green vegetables and yellow tomatoes

    Plate Shifts

    When choosing what to eat, it's best to go green

    by Jessica Cerretani

Also in this issue

  • portrait of Helen Shields

    Title Match

    Revised criteria expand promotion categories

    by Katie DuBoff

  • a surgical scalpel

    The Beat Goes On

    Imaging system gives view of heart's interior during surgery

    by Ann Marie Menting

  • orange rod-shaped bacteria against a blue background

    Keeping an Eye on the Neighbors

    Bacterium may play a role in colorectal cancers

  • A Gentle Awakening

    Common stimulant may speed recovery from general anesthesia

    by Sue McGreevey

  • NETWORK NEWS: Detailed plot of interactions between proteins in fruit fly cells offers insight into function.

    Map Quest

    Protein-interaction schema for multicellular organisms built

    by Robert Cooke

  • x-ray-like image of cranium and brain surrounded by a golden glow

    Horizontal Pressure

    Poor sleep quality increases risk of high blood pressure

  • lit cigarette with ash on end emitting smoke that traces upward, against a black background

    Chain Smoking

    Smoking exposure at home increases illness-related school absence

    by Katie Marquedant

  • ribbon model of alpha-synuclein

    Figure Study

    Findings upend thinking on shape of pivotal protein

    by Alyssa Kneller

  • buildup of fibrin glows yellow-orange against mesh surface

    A Little Light, Please

    Probe give views of clot formation on arterial stents

    by Ann Marie Menting

  • rear view of a mannikin with spinal column highlighted in orange

    Back Spin

    Imaging technique shows progress of pain

  • clear gel shaped to form vocal cords

    Preserving the Sounds of Music and Words

    Polymer gel mimics properties of human vocal cords

    by Susan Karcz

  • variously colored powders in stoppered bottle labeled in script and arranged on wooden shelf, with vintage feel

    All Systems Go

    Initiative will spur development of effective drugs

    by R. Alan Leo

  • manicured box hedges grown to form a maze

    Keen Edge

    Cognitive abilities do not inevitably dim with age

    by Scott P. Edwards

  • ridged bottom of a five-toed gecko foot

    Stuck on You

    Geckos may hold key to useful medical adhesive

    by Susan Karcz

  • portrait of Margaret Hamburg

    Taking a History

    A profile of Margaret Hamburg, Class of 1983

    by R. Alan Leo

  • portrait of Tina Young Poussaint

    Five Questions

    A profile of Tina Young Poussaint, radiologist

    Interview by Susan Karcz

  • portrait of Jeffrey Flier

    From the Dean

    Dean's letter to readers

    by Jeffrey S. Flier

  • items for feeding and caring for bed-ridden patients


    Medical history from Countway Library

    by Susan Karcz