under the microscope

Space travel and senolytics.

Senolytics are the class of drugs that target senescent cells (so-called “zombie cells”). While the basis for using these drugs to delay, prevent or reverse aging is still limited, there’s certainly a lot of excitement in the field. Also, there’s […]

fun facts

Higher than the shoulders of giants

Something happened in the early 1970s that led to dozens of unexplained trends. Many blame the US dropping the gold standard. This author blames a different policy that Nixon signed into law. This is a fascinating read. “New drugs lead to scientific […]

big ideas

How should we do drugs now?

Michael Pollan suggests we’ll need a cultural framework to guide our nation’s relationship with drugs now that “just say no” is no longer our guiding principle. He points to the many indigenous cultures that have used ritual to keep useful […]

under the microscope

Delivering drugs with bacteria

I stumbled across this while learning about how to deliver microbes beyond the treacherous environment of the stomach. “The new ‘bacteria in a pill’ approach does things differently. Instead of pumping out a drug and purifying it in the lab, […]