Category: disease

Harvey’s Hidden Storm

By: Sophia Ahmed Hurricane Katrina’s Category 5 winds killed nearly 2,000 people when the storm made landfall in August 2005, and Hurricane Harvey damaged an estimated 203,000 homes. Combined, these hurricanes caused destruction that totaled over 400 billion U.S. dollars. Needless to say, hurricanes cause extensive damage to families and infrastructure when their winds rip

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Tree Troubles

By: Julia Zeh The Eastern Hemlock (not the poisonous plant commonly known by the legend of the death of Socrates) is a large evergreen tree known for its economic, aesthetic, and ecosystem-related values. The tree is majestic, a staple on the east coast of the US and parts of Canada, and is the state tree

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Arresting HIV: Glycosylation and Halting Viral Replication

By: Ian MacArthur In the effort to find a definitive cure for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), researchers will first have to discover a method of arresting viral replication in host cells. The cells of two young children with a congenital defect may provide a new means of preventing the replication of HIV in otherwise healthy

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MERS: First Confirmed Case in the US and Exciting Treatment Potentials

By: Alexander Bernstein First reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a coronavirus-caused respiratory illness that has claimed over a 100 lives in Saudia Arabia and has a deadly fatality rate of around 40%. Caused by a virus called MERS-CoV, this illness has since spread to 6 countries near the

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A Short Primer on CRISPR Technology and the Age of Genetic Engineering

By: Aditya Nair A clever modification to a bacterial immune response could hold the key to curing hundreds of genetic diseases. We humans, from our selfish point of view, are accustomed to considering bacteria as agents of infection and the causes of great suffering. The all too common “strep throat” is the result of infection

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Encoded Maladies: A Survey of the Disorders that Arise in our Genes

A look into the complex world of genetic disorders, their histories, and how we treat them. Wilson’s Disease By Ian MacArthur Each day, the human body’s wondrous capacity for regulation enables us to carry out our necessary tasks in the midst of an ever changing environment.  Our ability to endure climates both scorching and frigid

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Encoded Maladies: A Survey of the Disorders that Arise in our Genes

A look into the complex world of genetic disorders, their histories, and how we treat them. Huntington’s Disease By Ian MacArthur The shores of Lake Maracaibo are populated by thousands of indigenous Venezuelans that live simply in stilted huts and subsist on the lake’s marine bounty, many in extreme poverty. These societies are archetypal third-world

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