Tubulin is red, violets are blue, isofagamine is sweet, and so are you!

Well, everyone, it’s time for the February issue of Nature Chemical Biology, available at news-stands everywhere. And with Valentine’s Day just around the corner (at least according to stores hawking oodles of heart-shaped merchandise), I thought it would be an appropriate time for a little poem in your honor. Thus the title. To figure out my little jokes, you’ll have to check out the issue.

If you’ve been reading for the past few months, you’ll have seen examples of our Elements pieces, which first started last June. These one-page articles profile important people, places, and events within the field of chemical biology, and aim to provide food for thought on some of the important issues of the day or just a glimpse into the psyche of notable scientists. Coming up with names or topics to write about may not be a far cry from putting famous scientists into Wikipedia, like this (see Josh’s discussion on this), but it does occur at a much slower rate, with only 12 candidates per year. Who or what do you think should be featured in an Elements? What should the rationale be for who gets picked next? Let me know; otherwise, I may have to reevaluate whether you’re as sweet as isofagamine, and no one wants that…


Catherine Goodman (associate editor, Nature Chemical Biology)