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From one generation to the next

From one generation to the next

How ideas, traditions, physical traits, and even disease become the legacies we inherit.

This issue’s feature articles explore what DNA reveals about human history, how med school traditions endure or fall by the wayside, and how one family copes with an inherited disease.

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Six degrees of Paul Beeson

Six degrees of Paul Beeson

The Iron Terns, as they were known, began their internships in medicine under Paul Beeson, M.D. in the 1960s. Jack Levin, their chief resident, coined the name at a softball game marking the end of their internship year. The name was an abbreviation of intern and their moniker of “iron men” for their stamina on the wards. Of the 14 physicians in this group, nine went on to become full professors; four held endowed...

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Written in blood

Written in blood

In 1959, in a burgeoning riverside market town in what was then the Belgian Congo, a Bantu man fell ill.An unknown...

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Was pharaoh’s odd appearance genetic?

Was pharaoh’s odd appearance genetic?

Akhenaten, the Egyptian ruler who was husband to Nefertiti and father to Tutankhamen, is best known for two things: he...

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Building a biobank … a million veterans at a time

Building a biobank … a million veterans at a time

The exhortation to “enlist” wasn’t as dramatic as that of the famous “I Want You” poster featuring a red-, white-, and...

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Whispers on the medallion, the Society of Wu, and Frisbee on the lawn

Whispers on the medallion, the Society of Wu, and Frisbee on the lawn

What do you have to do to get into the School of Medicine? According to Dan Okin, a fourth-year medical student, a...

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History of heredity

History of heredity

Long before anyone discovered DNA, chromosomes, or genes, humans had figured out something important about the world...

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So you’ve decided to become a doctor

So you’ve decided to become a doctor

Appendicitis landed Xiang (Aveline) Li in the emergency room during her junior year at Bowdoin College, where she was...

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When a gene goes awry

When a gene goes awry

When Mustafa K. Khokha, M.D., first saw the Drewniak baby in the summer of 2012, he was worried. The baby boy, first...

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Reflections of a neuroscientist

Reflections of a neuroscientist

The New Haven home of Daniel Colón-Ramos, Ph.D., his wife, Emily Wang, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, and their...

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