The following is an edited transcript of an interview with Dr. Atul Butte:

Can you talk broadly about some of your long-term goals for the Institute of Computational Health Sciences?

Humans have been developing genetically-modified organisms for millennia through the process of artificial selection—human-directed selective breeding—of plants and animals for specific traits. For example, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and kale are all descended from the wild mustard plant, and there are now hundreds if not thousands of dog breeds.

Michael Hemati and Sachin Rangarajan, cofounders of SmartDerm, operate their medical device startup company from the Mission Bay QB3 garage.

Reviews of journal articles covering topics of Immunology, Developmental Biology, Cell Biology, and Neuroscience.
If you break an aglet—the plastic cap on the end of your shoelace—the lace will fray. Then it’ll rip. Soon you won’t be able to tie your shoe properly. Before you know it, the shoe falls off as you’re running frantically down the sidewalk trying to catch a bus. As you watch the bus drive away, you’ll wish you’d kept that aglet intact.
Reviews of journal articles covering topics of Neuroscience, Immunology, and Developmental Biology.

In a lab in Emeryville not much bigger than a garage, three scientists are trying to show there is a better way to make chemicals used in everyday items.

Happy New Year! Isn’t it great that while we were all on vacation, enjoying the holidays with our friends and families, science kept moving forward?

Reviews of journal articles covering topics of Physiology, Cell Engineering, Biochemistry, Autoimmunity & Stem Cell Biology.

This is an extra web-only edition of my column between print issues while Synapse is on holiday break. As such, I’m taking this opportunity to write in less-formal (was I ever formal?) blog form.