A Watchful Eye over Wildlife: Drone Technology & Conservation

by Caitlin Andrews When we think of field biologists, most of us imagine scientists trekking through uncharted rainforests or across endless savannas, armed with only a notebook and a pair of binoculars. These intrepid heroes, such as Jane Goodall, have shown us how much there is to be learned when we leave behind the comfortsContinue reading “A Watchful Eye over Wildlife: Drone Technology & Conservation”

Single Cell DNA Sequencing

by Jennifer Walsh Every human grows from a single-celled embryo that contains an entire genome of determinants for what this embryo will become. For each one of us, this single cell became two, then four, and its genome became the genome of every cell in our body. However, over a lifetime of cell divisions andContinue reading “Single Cell DNA Sequencing”

Genome Editing: Is CRISPR/Cas the Answer?

by Jackson Allen For roughly the last 60 years, the focus of molecular biology and genetics has been to better understand the microscopic machinery that regulates the genome of every organism. Such scientists as Matthew Meselson, Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, and Francis Crick helped pave the way for contemporary understanding of molecular genetics. These scientistsContinue reading “Genome Editing: Is CRISPR/Cas the Answer?”

Astromycology: The “Fungal” Frontier

by Tristan Wang Hollywood movies and horror novels have painted extraterrestrial life as green monsters, scouring the barren grounds of Mars and shooting any intruder with photon lasers. These disturbing imaginations, while far-fetched, do hold some truth about frightening outer space life forms, but not in the ways we imagine. During its orbit as theContinue reading “Astromycology: The “Fungal” Frontier”

A Winning Combination Against Drug Resistance

  by Ryan Chow Earlier this year, President Obama announced the Precision Medicine Initiative. Proclaiming that the initiative would “lay the foundation for a new generation of lifesaving discoveries,” the President proposed setting aside $215 million to expedite the clinical translation of personalized genetics research.1 The initiative specifically highlights the development of patient-specific cancer therapiesContinue reading “A Winning Combination Against Drug Resistance”

Mapping the Nervous System: Tracing Neural Circuits with Color Changing Proteins

by Christine Zhang Stepping out the front door of my dorm, I am frequently greeted by a sharp gust of wind that convinces me to turn back and grab a coat. The reaction is almost instantaneous. But in that split-second, the action of turning around requires 100 billion action potentials and the signal transmits overContinue reading “Mapping the Nervous System: Tracing Neural Circuits with Color Changing Proteins”

Neurosurgeon or the Next Monet?

by Alexandra Rojek The mysteries of the brain and its functioning are both an object of fascination for researchers, for the ordinary human, but are also the source of much difficulty in cases of brain cancer. To make a surgeon’s job of removing a cancerous tumor even more difficult than it already inherently is, tumorsContinue reading “Neurosurgeon or the Next Monet?”

Precision Medicine: Revamping the “One-Size-Fits-All” Approach to Healthcare

by Eleni Apostolatos “There’s no gene for fate,” declares Vincent, the main character of the 1997 science fiction thriller, GATTACA, after he decides to disguise his imperfect DNA and assume the genetic identity of Jerome Morrow—a man whose flawless genetic makeup makes him apt for space travel. While Vincent’s argument that genes do not necessarilyContinue reading “Precision Medicine: Revamping the “One-Size-Fits-All” Approach to Healthcare”

A Watchful Eye over Wildlife: Drone Technology & Conservation

by Caitlin Andrews When we think of field biologists, most of us imagine scientists trekking through uncharted rainforests or across endless savannas, armed with only a notebook and a pair of binoculars. These intrepid heroes, such as Jane Goodall, have shown us how much there is to be learned when we leave behind the comfortsContinue reading “A Watchful Eye over Wildlife: Drone Technology & Conservation”

Single Cell DNA Sequencing

by Jennifer Walsh Every human grows from a single-celled embryo that contains an entire genome of determinants for what this embryo will become. For each one of us, this single cell became two, then four, and its genome became the genome of every cell in our body. However, over a lifetime of cell divisions andContinue reading “Single Cell DNA Sequencing”

Genome Editing: Is CRISPR/Cas the Answer?

by Jackson Allen For roughly the last 60 years, the focus of molecular biology and genetics has been to better understand the microscopic machinery that regulates the genome of every organism. Such scientists as Matthew Meselson, Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, and Francis Crick helped pave the way for contemporary understanding of molecular genetics. These scientistsContinue reading “Genome Editing: Is CRISPR/Cas the Answer?”

Astromycology: The “Fungal” Frontier

by Tristan Wang Hollywood movies and horror novels have painted extraterrestrial life as green monsters, scouring the barren grounds of Mars and shooting any intruder with photon lasers. These disturbing imaginations, while far-fetched, do hold some truth about frightening outer space life forms, but not in the ways we imagine. During its orbit as theContinue reading “Astromycology: The “Fungal” Frontier”

A Winning Combination Against Drug Resistance

  by Ryan Chow Earlier this year, President Obama announced the Precision Medicine Initiative. Proclaiming that the initiative would “lay the foundation for a new generation of lifesaving discoveries,” the President proposed setting aside $215 million to expedite the clinical translation of personalized genetics research.1 The initiative specifically highlights the development of patient-specific cancer therapiesContinue reading “A Winning Combination Against Drug Resistance”

Mapping the Nervous System: Tracing Neural Circuits with Color Changing Proteins

by Christine Zhang Stepping out the front door of my dorm, I am frequently greeted by a sharp gust of wind that convinces me to turn back and grab a coat. The reaction is almost instantaneous. But in that split-second, the action of turning around requires 100 billion action potentials and the signal transmits overContinue reading “Mapping the Nervous System: Tracing Neural Circuits with Color Changing Proteins”

Neurosurgeon or the Next Monet?

by Alexandra Rojek The mysteries of the brain and its functioning are both an object of fascination for researchers, for the ordinary human, but are also the source of much difficulty in cases of brain cancer. To make a surgeon’s job of removing a cancerous tumor even more difficult than it already inherently is, tumorsContinue reading “Neurosurgeon or the Next Monet?”