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Jean Purdy_Remembering a Pioneer

Some of the most absorbing stories I ever read were from historians and biographers when they bring to light the lives of forgotten pioneers and heroes. On the rare occasions my writing and research can cast a light on a … Continue reading

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Passchendaele

Whatever the etymology of Passchendaele, the little Flemish village sounds to me like “Valley of Passion” in English. In 1917, it was a valley of mud and cordite, steel and fire. The dirt was burned and scoured of life, except … Continue reading

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Drain the Swamp

Drain the Swamp! It’s the refrain of a U.S. President who prefers time on the barren grass of golf courses to life’s abundance in natural wetland. Calling somewhere a swamp is never a compliment, and it’s not a pretty phrase … Continue reading

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A Third Parent contributes her Mighty Mites (Mitochondria)

Two biological parents are enough for any baby, aren’t they? Maybe not: sometimes it’s better to have two mamas. The media have hyped a story that broke in September about a boy who was conceived by “mitochondrial replacement therapy.” His … Continue reading

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An Axolotl with a Tale for Regenerative Medicine

Who would imagine that a salamander could offer clues for regenerating human limbs after amputation in an accident and on the battlefield, or even show how to thwart human cancer? Axolotls are the kind of weird creature you might expect … Continue reading

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