It was the summer of 2000, and Joy Noel Baumgartner was a doctoral student in public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying illness management and recovery pathways for people living with psychotic disorders.
This article was first published by the Duke Cancer Institute.
On July 15, 2009, Duke Law School alum and father-of-three Jeff Bradford, then 31, was on his way home from taking an expert witness deposition in Greensboro, North Carolina, when his car was hit by a drunk driver.
In lieu of suing the driver in the aftermath of the accident — his first impulse —the attorney would instead be inspired to form a band and write a song crediting the driver with unknowingly saving his life.
The computer screen in Cagla Eroglu’s lab is teeming with activity. A computer mouse cursor moves freely around a large, crimson blotch (an image of a mouse brain cell) in the center of the screen as numbers and graphs are updated on the left side of the screen.
The thing is, no one is sitting at the computer. But this is no ghost in the machine.
Life scientists love antibodies, not only because these little proteins help protect us all from pathogens, but because antibodies are also a very handy laboratory tool for identifying and marking proteins of interest in their research.
When you’re trying to find something very tiny, you need an itty bitty flag to mark it. That’s an antibody.