Hidden Figures (Movie) Review

I have previously blogged about the book Hidden Figures (in conjunction with Small Great Things). I hosted a movie night with some friends of mine and I am not sure how I feel about the movie. I tried very hard not to let my feelings about the book influence my feelings about the movie, and … Continue reading Hidden Figures (Movie) Review

The Nobel Prize is fine but…

...the drugs I've developed are rewards in themselves. -Gertrude B. Elon Happy Birthday Gertrude Elion! Gertrude Elion would be celebrating her 99th birthday today, unfortunately she left this world in 1999. Elion was a biochemist and a pharmacologist, and unlike many of the other women I have focused on this month, she never obtained a … Continue reading The Nobel Prize is fine but…

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