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Herbal Medicine
medicine / Yameng Zhang

Herbal Medicine

By: Yameng Zhang Edited By: Thomas Luh What is herbal medicine? According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Herbal medicine—also called botanical medicine or phytomedicine—refers to using a plant’s seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015 was awarded to a further application of herbal … 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

How Chemistry Becomes Biology
Astrobiology / Astrochemistry / Astronomy / Ian Cohn / Life / Origins / space

How Chemistry Becomes Biology

By: Ian Cohn. Edited By: Timshawn Luh This past week, a team of scientists from Harvard University, Leiden University, and Kobe University announced what has been since deemed a very exciting discovery—for the first time, the presence of complex organic molecules had been observed in an infant star system. Detected through the use of a … Continue reading