I was seven weeks old when my Dad was diagnosed with cancer. It was just a tiny lump in his neck. They had just taken it out, and discovered it was a malignant adenocarcinoma of the parotid salivary gland. This is a very slow type of cancer, which in a way is fortunate, because I did get to know my Dad. They had to go back in and remove more tissue, and in doing so the nerve to the right side of his face was damaged. This meant his face drooped a little on the right side. To me this was just the way my Dad looked, but he always turned his right side away in photographs.
Thomas Tu is the lastest member of our Liver Cell Biology lab
Sometimes the little scientist in me wakes up early. Catching the train, I look around and I’m surrounded by walking, talking, reading ecosystems. Crowding along the platform are sentient islands of interactions between billions of cells. Healthy environments are self-correcting, stable and all work to a common harmonious goal. Mostly, our bodies are no different: many (such as the respiratory, immune, and nervous) systems working together seamlessly. They are deeply complex; each system is composed of organs that are, in turn, made up of tissues that are composed of cells.