WORCESTER, Mass. — In his Nobel Prize lecture in 2006, Craig Mello played a clip from a horror movie of sorts, starring a tiny worm. Filmed through a microscope, the worm wiggled toward a mysterious black ring and ominously slid through it.

“Watch this,” Mello said, pointing toward the screen. Suddenly, the ring snapped shut around the worm’s tail. The ring, Mello explained, is a lasso thrown by a fungus, readying to catch and devour its prey.

Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT Plus and enjoy your first 30 days free!


What is it?

STAT Plus is STAT's premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond.

What's included?

  • Daily reporting and analysis
  • The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters
  • Subscriber-only newsletters
  • Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day
  • Online intelligence briefings
  • Frequent opportunities to engage with veteran beat reporters and industry experts
  • Exclusive industry events
  • Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country
  • The best reporters in the industry
  • The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry
  • And much more
  • Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr.

Leave a Comment

Please enter your name.
Please enter a comment.

  • I don’t understand. I subscribe to the Boston Globe and this article was on it, but now I see I am to subscribe to yet another source to get this? If so, I don’t understand why it was placed on the Globe’s page. Please explain. Thanks.

A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day in science and medicine

Privacy Policy