“World’s Happiest Animal” Faces Extinction: A Story of Climate Change and Quokkas
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“World’s Happiest Animal” Faces Extinction: A Story of Climate Change and Quokkas

By Alexandra DeCandia With an ever-increasing frequency, one pudgy little macropod marsupial is making headlines. Proclaimed the “Happiest Animal in the World” by Huffington Post some ten months ago, the quokka has since bundled into millions of hearts with its teddy-bear frame, cheeky grin, and characteristically social nature. Despite its near constant appearance on internet forums … Continue reading

Finally, a light in the darkness: New genetic testing of tumors provides more accurate predictions than ever.
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Finally, a light in the darkness: New genetic testing of tumors provides more accurate predictions than ever.

By Alex Bernstein Until quite recently, oncologists, despite all of the progress that has been made in the field, could at best make educated guesses when asked about survival chances by patients. When Cassandra Caton, an 18-year-old tragically diagnosed with a large melanoma growth inside her eye, asked, “Am I going to die, is my … Continue reading

The Alarming Connection between the Pandemrix H1N1 Vaccine and Narcolepsy
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The Alarming Connection between the Pandemrix H1N1 Vaccine and Narcolepsy

By Alex Berntstein An electron micrograph of the H1N1 influenza virion. (Image by the CDC; source. Via Wikimedia Commons.) After many years of misinformed presumptions regarding the safety of life saving vaccines, a recent breakout of narcolepsy in Europe does appear to hold an alarming association with a newly released British swine flu vaccine. Since … Continue reading

Encoded Maladies: A Survey of Disorders that Arise in Our Genes
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Encoded Maladies: A Survey of Disorders that Arise in Our Genes

A look into the complex world of genetic disorders, their histories, and how we treat them.   Cystic Fibrosis   By Ian MacArthur   Anyone who has ever suffered from the common cold understands the nuisance posed by mucous buildup in the upper respiratory tract. Although it may cause discomfort, mucous plays an important role … Continue reading

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Causes for Concern: Emerging Epidemics

A chronicle of dangerous infectious outbreaks around the globe. The Return of SARS? By Alexander Bernstein  First identified in China in November 2002, the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus seemed to be the thing of science fiction and nightmares. The disease spread within months, consumed much of the world, and included relatively high percentage … Continue reading