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Building with Lego: An Intuitive Understanding of the Art of Creating Molecules that Target Diseases
November 2014

Building with Lego: An Intuitive Understanding of the Art of Creating Molecules that Target Diseases

by Hai Dao In June 2009, when the World Health Organization declared the A/H1N1 influenza a “pandemic”, governments around the world stockpiled Tamiflu. Oseltamivir, the active substance of Tamiflu, suddenly switched from being an esoteric term to being a central topic of social media around the world. Five years later, in October 2014, as the … Continue reading

On the State of the Species: pushing ahead in the race against infectious diseases
October 2014

On the State of the Species: pushing ahead in the race against infectious diseases

by Charles de Bourcy Lush is the diversity of life forms on Earth, unrelenting their struggle for survival. From the fluorescent pygmy scorpion hiding in tree bark to an underwater feeding frenzy in front of the island of Nusa Lembongan, all observations on our naturalist expedition to the Malay Archipelago in August 2014, led by Rob … Continue reading

Can a small fish answer the big question?
October 2014

Can a small fish answer the big question?

by Kirill Vinnikov Most of the islands in the Central Pacific are very young in comparison with continental landmasses. They began to develop deep in the ocean through active volcanic processes and eventually emerged above the water creating completely new habitats for different types of organisms. How numerous species of plants and animals colonized these novel … Continue reading

How will East Africa address its food crisis?
August 2014

How will East Africa address its food crisis?

by Saul Daniel Ddumba Over decades, food production in East Africa has been affected by a changing climate, limited use of fertilizers and pest control, inadequate food storage facilities and complex marketing channels that together have led to chronic malnutrition, hunger and poverty (Figure 1). We are also uncertain about how future changes in climate will … Continue reading