Fifty years ago, a scientific panel declared Jonas Salk's polio vaccine a smashing success. A new book takes readers behind the headlines
April 2005 | By Jeffrey Kluger
From slime to sponges, scientists are plumbing the ocean's depths for new medications to treat cancer, pain and other ailments
May 01, 2004 | By Kevin Krajick
No one knows if SARS will strike again. But researchers' speedy work halting the epidemic makes a compelling case study of how to combat a deadly virus
September 2003 | By David Brown
Some scientists race to develop vaccines against the scourge while others probe the possible lingering effects of the mosquito-borne infection.
July 2003 | By Stephen S. Hall
An international campaign to rid the world of polio has made dazzling progress. But some experts question whether the scourge can ever be eradicated
February 2003 | By Smithsonian magazine
Dragon's drool, frog's glands and shark's stomachs have all been recruited for the fight against drug-resistant bacteria
October 2002 | By Michael Shnayerson and Mark J. Plotkin
Retired from the track, thoroughbred First Flight served as a "factory" to produce botulism antitoxin
December 2000 | By Carolyn H. Crowley
As deadly bacteria increasingly resist antibiotics, researchers try to improve a World War I era weapon
October 2000 | By Julie Wakefield
Combine the power of nature, animal companionship and music, and you have a recipe for healing
July 1999 | By John P. Wiley, Jr.
Now we can grow the cells from which all others derive, but ethical questions are involved
January 01, 1999 | By John P. Wiley, Jr.