Commentary on screening cells for crystals

In vivo crystals—crystals that grow inside cell organelles or cytoplasm—are a fascinating natural phenomenon and perhaps more common than we realize. But how do we know they are there unless we have a way to look for them? Read my commentary in this month’s Journal of Applied Crystallography on the method that Lahey-Rudolph et al. have developed to screen for crystals in cellulo.

World Conference of Science Journalists 1-5 July 2019

 

Just back from my busman’s holiday in Lausanne, Switzerland where I attended the 11th World Conference of Science Journalists. No, I am not a journalist, but I am interested in science communication.

The conference included visits to laboratories, films, panel discussions, and podcasts. The biggest problem was deciding which of the 60 sessions to attend.

Some of the ones I attended were: Palliative care research: it’s not about dying; Harrassment in science; Fake science; Visual literacy for scientists; Understanding random control trials The tumor microenvironment; Science in extreme environments; and Reporting on scientific misconduct.

As you can see, it was a varied and interesting program and I got to visit three labs. Yep, that’s my idea of a great vacation.