Editorial / Analysis
We are reductionists. Should we care?
ICMol, UV, Valencia (Spain).
Twenty first century scientists do not have much time for philosophical questions, but one such topic keeps attracting interest, definitely among life scientists [1, 2] but also in physics [3, 4]. This is reductionism [5, 6], which for a long time has enjoyed overwhelming dominance in science but seems to be now contested. Certainly, the reductionism vs anti-reductionism duscussions have been recurrent…
Biomaterials and Biophysics: A conversation with Elisabeth Engel
CIC biomaGUNE and Ikerbasque, Donostia-San Sebastián (Spain).
If anything in this multidisciplinary scientific world, I consider myself a biophysicist by training. I hold a M.Sc in Biochemistry and a Ph.D from the Biophysics Unit at the UPV/EHU. During one of my earliest scientific discussions with Prof. Félix M. Goñi, one of the founders of the Spanish Biophysical Society, he replied to my news reporting that I could see the binding of the toxin…
Michael G. Rossmann (1930-2019): A towering figure of molecular biophysics
University of Illinois at Chicago, IL (USA).
Michael G. Rossmann, a towering figure in structure biology, was scheduled to give a plenary lecture at the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Crystallographic Association – ACA in Covington, Kentucky on July 20th. His unexpected passing (May 14th, 2019 in West Lafayette, IN, USA) changed the lecture into a celebration of his scientific legacy…