My name is NOT Helen Lane

Her name was also not Henrietta Lacks, in fact, she was born Loretta Pleasant in 1920. Her life wasn’t easy, and instead of getting into all of the boring details, I am going to refer you to this excellent book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Important detail number 1 (and only): in 1951 Henrietta … Continue reading My name is NOT Helen Lane

Watson, Crick, Franklin, and that other guy

If I asked you to name the first person that comes to mind when I say, “discovered DNA,” you would say either Watson or Crick. And you would be wrong. DNA was actually discovered by Swiss physiological chemist Friedrich Miescher in 1869. The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was not awarded to Watson and … Continue reading Watson, Crick, Franklin, and that other guy

Up, Up, and Away

There is barely an American today who does not hear Challenger and think “space shuttle.” However, I bet there are a lot, if not most, that do not think, “that’s the one made Sally Ride the youngest American and the first American woman to enter space in 1983.” After the tragic explosion in 1986, which … Continue reading Up, Up, and Away

Radium, Curium

Brief Biography Born Maria Sklowska in Warsaw, Poland 1867, Marie Curie is perhaps best known for her work with radioactive elements. She married Pierre Curie and adopted the French version of her name in 1895 and together they accomplished many scientific advancements. However, after Pierre’s tragic death, Marie Curie continued her work. In 1903 she was … Continue reading Radium, Curium