Science + Health

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Diplomacy in a Lab Coat

UTNE READER

When Nobel laureate Peter Agre traveled to North Korea to meet with scientists there, he discovered that he was the first American some of them had ever met. In fact, one of the North Korean dignitaries attending the meeting received this warning from his 6-year-old grandson: "You're meeting Americans? Take the rifle."

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The Elegant Worm

JOHNS HOPKINS PUBLIC HEALTH

They’re cheaper than mice, simpler than fruit flies, transparent and hermaphroditic. In fact, these microscopic worms, known as Caenorhabditis elegans, are the multicellular organisms of choice for several scientists making breakthrough discoveries in neurodegeneration and immune response.

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Snip or Tie

BALTIMORE STYLE

Urologists are quick to say that of the two sterilization options, vasectomy is the lowest-risk with the lowest rate of failure. “A vasectomy is done under local anesthetic, it’s less than 30 minutes, you walk in and walk out,” says Dr. Brad Lerner, chief of urology at Union Memorial and the urology consultant for the Baltimore Ravens. “You take Friday off from work, and you’re back to work on Monday.” [PDF]