News & AnalysisNewsmaker Interview: Michael Yaffe

Boston Bombing Victims Aided by Biologist-Surgeon

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Science  10 May 2013:
Vol. 340, Issue 6133, pp. 671
DOI: 10.1126/science.340.6133.671

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It's not often that a systems biologist is also a trauma surgeon, active in the Army Reserve—and even rarer still that he treats the victims of a historic bombing. On 15 April, Michael B. Yaffe, who holds positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, rushed to the medical center when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon and was soon helping to treat victims. In an interview last week, Yaffe noted how injuries to humans parallel insults to cells, and he described the emotions of the "surreal" week. A longer version of this interview can be found at