Catching killers, identifying disaster victims, correctly analyzing microbes used in bioterrorism. All these and more are possible applications of Forensic Biology, a field that uses the biological sciences to answer legal questions. For the students of Bio 397, a one-of-a-kind class at the UP Institute of Biology, learning forensics not only boosts their scientific acumen but also helps them answer the fundamental question—what can science offer to society?

With the Commission on Elections finally declaring the winners of the recent senatorial elections, it is apparent that some of those who made it are new to the legislature. And with much to learn about the duties and responsibilities of members of the chamber, these senators-elect may need all the tips and help they can get.

Dr. Jean Encinas-Franco, a former Senate director turned UP professor of political science, shares a few tips for new legislators.

Inspired by the work she did on a disease whose victims rarely reach the age of 30, UP Manila-based clinical geneticist and National Institutes of Health Executive Director Eva Maria Cutiongco-de la Paz is using her knowledge of the Filipino’s genetic makeup to heal and manage serious birth defects and illnesses. And with the technology of a newly launched laboratory at the Philippine Genome Center behind her, this Dangal ng Bayan Awardee is ready to take the next step.