Mitochondrial DNA: Sinking a Century-Old Myth
Biology / Genetics / History

Mitochondrial DNA: Sinking a Century-Old Myth

By: Kimberly Shen Edited by: Arianna Winchester   Though we may think we know everything about the destruction of the Titanic over a century ago, new scientific developments are enabling us to find out new information about what actually happened on that tragic night in 1912. Modern methods of mitochondrial DNA testing has been able … Continue reading

Meat Consumption and Cancer
Biology / Cancer / Diet / Lifestyle

Meat Consumption and Cancer

By: Yameng Zhang Edited by: Thomas Luh On October 26th 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, released a monograph (a report discussing a subject in detail) evaluating the carcinogenicity of red meat and processed meat consumption (whether they are directly involved in causing cancer). … Continue reading

The Snub-Nosed Sneezing Monkey and 210 Other New Himalayan Species
Biology / Conservation / Ecology

The Snub-Nosed Sneezing Monkey and 210 Other New Himalayan Species

By: Julia Zeh Edited by: Ashley Koo Deep in the Eastern Himalayas, isolated from human activities, members of a newly discovered species of snub-nosed monkey sit with their heads between their knees, hiding from the rain. The recently discovered Rhinopithecus strykeri, a member of the snub-nosed monkey genus, is described as having black fur, an … Continue reading

Counting Calories, To the Extreme: The Efficacy of Caloric Restriction
Aging / Biology / Food / Tiago Palmisano

Counting Calories, To the Extreme: The Efficacy of Caloric Restriction

Written By: Tiago Palmisano Edited By: Bryce Harlan Paleodiet, Atkins diet, vegan diet, raw food diet – new and interesting food management plans such as these constantly pervade the realm of fitness culture. Weight Watchers International, for example, has capitalized on this obsession by providing specific combinations of food in exchange for money. Some of … Continue reading

The Case of the Cyclops Child: A Moral Quandary
Biology / Child Health and Development / Kimberly Shen / Neuroscience

The Case of the Cyclops Child: A Moral Quandary

By: Kimberly Shen Edited by: Arianna Winchester “Over the years that followed, I found myself thinking from time to time of that picture, my hand over the baby’s mouth. I knew then, and I still think now, that the right thing to do would have been to kill that baby.” These were the words that … Continue reading

Wolves, Sharks, and the Landscape of Fear
Animal Behavior / Biology / Ecology

Wolves, Sharks, and the Landscape of Fear

Written by: Julia Zeh Edited by: Ashley Koo Along the grassy ocean floors and the valleys of Yellowstone National Park there exists a landscape of fear. Although this phrase conjures up the image of a horror movie, the landscape of fear is really an ecological phenomenon involving fear’s relationship to natural predator-prey relationships. This important … Continue reading

Genetically Engineering Our Future
Biology / Genetic Engineering / Genetics / Jack Zhong

Genetically Engineering Our Future

Scientists today use biotechnology to insert and remove genes, altering characteristics in various organisms. This process of “genetic engineering” involves manipulating an organism’s genome—the collection of genetic material, including DNA and RNA. Interestingly, these techniques utilize  naturally occurring organisms and phenomena. Many organisms possess DNA editing tools, such as nuclease enzymes, that regulate DNA reproduction. … Continue reading

Protecting Our Defenses: Our Extensive Use of Antibiotics Reduces the Diversity of the Microbiome
antibiotics / Biology

Protecting Our Defenses: Our Extensive Use of Antibiotics Reduces the Diversity of the Microbiome

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited By: Arianna Winchester One of the greatest accomplishments of civilization is our ability to purposefully modify the natural world. Scientific research has taught us that we are surrounded by microorganisms too small to see with the naked eye. Of the hundred trillion cells that constitute the average human body, only ten … Continue reading