Chimeras and the Making of Human Organs

by Francisco Galdos For centuries, humans have marveled at the ancient myths of chimeras—from Homeric references to half lion-half goat beasts, to Kafka’s frightening tale of the metamorphosis of a man into an insect, and to the ancient Greek legend of the horse Pegasus, whose winged horse body allowed the hero Bellerophon to kill theContinue reading “Chimeras and the Making of Human Organs”

The Making of a Beta Cell: Toward a Cure for Diabetes

by Francisco Galdos Two blocks from my apartment in Bogotá is a small bakery that specializes in making a typical Colombian bread known as a roscón. Roscones are made with a sweet bread that is filled with a caramel like spread known as arequipe and is baked in the shape of a large donut. FreshContinue reading “The Making of a Beta Cell: Toward a Cure for Diabetes”

Human Cloning: Unmasking the Controversy

by Francisco Galdos Suppose you have a year-old laptop that has been working well for you. You begin to notice one day that the computer freezes more frequently, and you continue to have problems. After taking your computer to the engineers, the engineers discover that a few of the small components of the motherboard areContinue reading “Human Cloning: Unmasking the Controversy”