stat stories by Carl Zimmer

Kiran Garimella, Gil McVean, Benedict Paten Scientists are working on creating genome graphs to develop a better understanding…
Erik Garrison using vg software (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute)
Erik Garrison using vg software (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute)


Scientists are building tools to look at genomes in a new way — one that could make it easier to discover new links between genes and diseases.

AP Selman Abraham Waksman, left, discoverer of streptomycin and neomycin, and Alexander Fleming,…
Provided by Dr. Scott Podolsky A January 1954 advertisement for erythrocin.
Keystone Features/Getty Images In this 1950s photo, a petri dish of penicillin is used to…


Although mostly forgotten today, scientists have been warning of a coming antibiotic crisis for more than a half-century. The bugs are still winning.

Aram Boghosian for STAT Andre Fenton's research about memory formation elated the scientific community, which later…
Chantal Heijnen for STAT Todd Sacktor at his SUNY Downstate lab in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Chantal Heijnen for STAT Equipment used for the study of memory in mice.


Andre Fenton and Todd Sacktor thought they had made a key discovery about how the brain forms long-term memories. The scientific community disagreed.

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