“One Pig Heart Please”: Xenotransplants Take A Step Forward
Biology / Tiago Palmisano

“One Pig Heart Please”: Xenotransplants Take A Step Forward

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited by: Bryce Harlan Xenotransplantation. The first time I heard this word I assumed it was something from a sci-fi show. Technology akin to the faster-than-light hyperdrive or the gravitational tractor beam, perhaps. Little did I know that xenotransplantation is not only very real, but also on the frontier of medicine. But … Continue reading

An Evolutionary Exploration of Animal Sexuality
Animal Behavior / Biology / Ecology / evolution

An Evolutionary Exploration of Animal Sexuality

Written by: Julia Zeh Edited by: Olivia Ghosh Does homosexuality exist in animals other than humans? Yes, and no. From the perspective of Darwinian evolution, homosexuality is a puzzling concept. According to Charles Darwin, natural selection works to promote fitness in the sense of increasing reproductive output. In order for certain traits to evolve, they … Continue reading

Two New Developments in Medicine: PSCK9 Inhibitors and the WATCHMAN Device
Biology / Tiago Palmisano

Two New Developments in Medicine: PSCK9 Inhibitors and the WATCHMAN Device

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited By: Bryce Harlan One reason I love biology is that despite centuries of research and discovery, we are continuously gaining new insight into the machinations of the human body. Even today our understanding of medicine is expanding as biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies strive to develop more sophisticated strategies for combating disease. … Continue reading

Dominant Females and Weird Animal Sex: A look at anglerfish, spotted hyenas, and gender roles
Animal Behavior / Biology / Ecology / evolution / gender

Dominant Females and Weird Animal Sex: A look at anglerfish, spotted hyenas, and gender roles

Written by: Julia Zeh Edited by: Olivia Ghosh The animal kingdom is chock-full of weird, crazy, mixed-up gender roles and sexualities. From sex-changing fish to homosexual birds, and everything in between, evolution has created an immense diversity among animals when it comes to the behavioral and morphological aspects of gender and sex. The spotted hyena … Continue reading

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