Life in the Lab


its_aliveIf ever there were an RTB book to read around Halloween, it would be Creating Life in the Lab. Author and biochemist Fazale Rana focuses on scientists’ attempts to create a novel life-form—to find the elixir of life. The connection to Frankenstein is obvious, and Rana refers to Mary Shelley’s classic book throughout his own. In light of scientists’ fascinating quest to create synthetic life, Rana poses a provocative question: Should humans play God? (more…)

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Last October, the church-sponsored small group my husband and I belong to welcomed two children into the world. I crocheted blankets for these latest arrivals. As I weaved the shiny hook in and out of loops of soft, pastel-colored yarn, I thought about what the psalmist described as God’s knitting project: (more…)

“It’s alive! It’s ALIVE!”

That’s what people will likely say when I finally creep out of the 10’ x 15’ foot cave* (my office) I’ve been held up in for the past few weeks. Though, considering how busy the rest of the editors are, it’s unlikely anyone will have noticed my self-imposed ostracism. (more…)

My plans that day were simple: do as little as possible. Committed to that goal, I sauntered over to the couch with casual conviction.

Oh! Young Frankenstein is on, I thought, as I scrolled through the channels. A serendipitous discovery considering I was vegging in preparation for the hectic schedule of editing a book about scientists’ efforts to create life in the lab. (more…)

The New Year brings with it a collective “and now for something completely different” mood. A closing of one chapter and the opening of another.

For RTB scholar Fazale “Fuz” Rana, it means the end of the writing stage for his upcoming book (working title Life in the Lab). For the editorial team, it means picking up the baton and running full speed toward the copyediting process (among other things). This is my favorite part of the process—not only do I get to do what I love (edit), but I also get a sneak peek at the scholars’ next book. Bonus! (more…)