How identifying the body's key signs and measurements spurs lifesaving progress in research, clinical trials and therapy development

posted on October 8, 2015 - 9:41am
Imagine being in a strange city. You’re driving to the airport to catch a flight. Now suppose every street sign and traffic light you see is covered in paint. Which way do you turn? You look at your dashboard. All the indicators are covered in paint, too. Is the tank full or empty? Is the engine hot? Should you go faster? Slower? Or stop altogether? The truth is you simply don’t have...

New research explains probable ways in which DUX4 protein, if made at the wrong time and in the wrong place, leads to FSH dystrophy

posted on January 19, 2012 - 5:09pm
Editor's note 2/2/12: This story was updated to reflect the availability of a podcast in which Stephen Tapscott is interviewed. A little over a year ago, a team of researchers announced a crucial new finding that helped explain the molecular basis of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD).
posted on January 1, 2011 - 2:20pm
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 1
From childhood science classes, you may remember the periodic table listing all the known chemical elements. You might also recall, in approximately the center of the table, the symbol “Fe” signifying the metal iron. Produced inside large stars in distant space, iron is the most common element on Earth. From earliest times, humans have used it in everything from paint pigments, cookware and tools...