Academic, writer and tattooist Gemma Angel is in the final year of her doctorate: researching the three hundred preserved, tattooed pieces of human skin in the Wellcome Collection. Check out her website, Life & 6 Months, for writing on the tactile experience of handling the skins, how to find out which part of the body a sailor's "unseen" tattoo was on, and tattoo collectors in fiction. [more inside]
The papers of Francis Crick have been published online by the National Library of Medicine. The highlight of the collection is undoubtedly Crick's original sketch of the structure of DNA, but there are plenty of other fascinating items, including Crick's hostile comments on the manuscript of James Watson's book The Double Helix. (He later wrote to Watson that "if I had known you were going to write the sort of book you have written, I would never have collaborated with you".) For those who don't have time to browse the whole collection, images of selected highlights can also be found here, on the website of the Wellcome Trust, which bought the papers for $2.4 million in order to keep them in the public domain.