Letters

Fish tales, on the up and up

Last September, I was listening to a lecture in the Anlyan Center when a fascinating bit of data flashed on the screen. Assistant Professor of Genetics Zhaoxia Sun, Ph.D. ’98, was describing her use of zebrafish as a model organism for the study of polycystic kidney disease and alluded to how compact and convenient they are for laboratory work. The 600 small tanks on racks in her lab at the medical school can hold as many as 15,000 zebrafish, a species whose DNA bears a remarkable similarity to our own genetic code. Given the rapidity with which zebrafish develop (from egg to fish in a day), Sun has a powerful resource for conducting genetic studies relevant to human illness.

We wondered what other aquatic organisms were assisting scientists at the School of Medicine as they explore the dimensions of normal biology and disease. Sea hares, with their elongated neurons, and sea squid, with...

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The 80-hour week, and its aftermath

The 80-hour week, and its aftermath

I read with interest your recent article on resident hours [“Re-creating the Residency,” Fall/Winter 2004]. I was among the physicians who testified at the grand jury that investigated the Libby Zion case. While it is true that the grand jury did not indict anyone, they did find that there was a significant cause for concern and issued a report to the New York state legislature. This led to the formation of the Bell...

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Enlightened HMOs make time for CME

Enlightened HMOs make time for CME

Writer Jill Max quoted Lawrence S. Cohen, M.D., as saying: “One of the challenges in the environment is that...

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Merson steps down as dean of public health

Merson steps down as dean of public health

As this issue of Yale Medicine was being prepared, we learned that Michael H. Merson, M.D., the Anna M.R. Lauder...

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Second opinion

Second opinion

A "second opinion" from cartoonist Sidney Harris.

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