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The Community of Ella

Therapy for dissociative identity disorder has aimed to meld many personalities into one. But that’s not the only solution, writes Rebecca Lester, chair and professor of sociocultural anthropology in Arts & Sciences.

The Muscle of Mussel Feet

Marcus Foston in the McKelvey School of Engineering is using synthetic biology to create an underwater hydrogel that mimics the strength of mussel foot proteins. In this podcast, Foston explains how the hydrogel’s powerful adhesive could replace surgical sutures and fix cracked boats.

Students ready to be back on campus

Senior Amanda Sherman is back to ambush — ahem, interview — Washington University in St. Louis students (and a WashU canine) about the new academic year.

Faculty Books

The Cat’s Meow

How cats evolved from the savanna to your sofa