The drug of good and evil


Thalidomide is a molecule with a split personality. Notorious as the drug that caused thousands of babies to be born with grotesque deformities in the 1950s, it now has become the frontline defense for some cancer and immune-compromised patients. Until recently, researchers did not understand how this single molecule could have such extreme effects. But emerging research is showing that thalidomide acts at the molecular level in an unusual way, which could explain its Dr. Jekyll-and-Mr. Hyde effects.

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‘More than pretty’


Beauty. Glamour. Style. These are the characteristics normally associated with beauty queens. And make no mistake, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri has each of them in abundance. But she also is smart as a whip, with a degree in brain behavior and cognitive science and a passion for STEM education. These qualities have helped make Davuluri one of the most visible examples of how misleading stereotypes can be.

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