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Problem Solved: Successful replication of genetic material in a synthetic cell
Biology

Problem Solved: Successful replication of genetic material in a synthetic cell

By Ian MacArthur In biological sciences, researchers strive to understand life through observation. Attempts to artificially create life, however, can help further our mission to understand it. A team of scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital have overcome a major barrier in the replication of genetic material inside simple, artificial cell membranes—a feat that provides researchers … Continue reading

Antibiotic Resistance Breaking Drug in Development: A future solution or a future folly?
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Antibiotic Resistance Breaking Drug in Development: A future solution or a future folly?

By Ian MacArthur Antibiotic resistance in bacteria poses a major problem to modern public health. Infections that were once routinely treated with antibiotics have become extremely problematic to effectively kill, making even simple surgical operations dangerous from the perspective of contracting a resistant infection. Resistant strains of bacteria, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, have sprung … Continue reading

Nobel Prize Overview: 2013 Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology
Biology / Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology

Nobel Prize Overview: 2013 Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology

By Aditya Nair The Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology is awarded annually to the scientist or scientists that perform the most influential research contributing to science’s understanding of medicine or physiology. This year, the award went to James E. Rothman (Yale, and formerly Columbia), Randy W. Schekman (University of California at Berkeley), and Dr. … Continue reading

U.S. Safe From Tropical Diseases No More: Understanding the recent dengue fever outbreak in Florida
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U.S. Safe From Tropical Diseases No More: Understanding the recent dengue fever outbreak in Florida

By Alexander Bernstein A great biological benefit of a nation located in a temperate climate, as is the case with the majority of the United States, is that tropical diseases such as typhoid fever and malaria are typically non-issues. Yet, a recent dengue fever outbreak in Florida seems to indicate that perhaps the changing climate, … Continue reading

The Rise of Quantum Computing
Computer Science / Engineering

The Rise of Quantum Computing

By Kellie Lu After Edward Snowden’s grand alert about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) secret data mining program PRISM, Americans (and the entire world) have woken up to issues of privacy and cyber security. Quantum computing, a better form of cyber security, is evolving as the next standard for semiconductor-based computing (right now, we use silicon … Continue reading

Staying Alive: Bizarre Anti-Predator Adaptations in the Animal Kingdom
Biology

Staying Alive: Bizarre Anti-Predator Adaptations in the Animal Kingdom

By Alexandra DeCandia You can tell by the way she uses her walk that there’s something wrong. Tail outstretched and wings akimbo, the killdeer (Charadrius vociferous) cries aloud, limping along the rocky shore as if unable to fly. She appears injured, pained, and consequently, an easy target for any predators in the vicinity. Walk, squawk, … Continue reading

Stranger than Fiction: Zombies in the Natural World
Biology

Stranger than Fiction: Zombies in the Natural World

By Aditya Nair You don’t need to be a board-certified physician to diagnose the nation with zombie fever. The Walking Dead. Left for Dead. Dead Set. Shaun of the Dead. Zombieland. Countless zombie Halloween outfits. There’s no denying it: our nation is obsessed with zombies. The concept of the possessed, brainless, half-living deformed creatures roaming the … Continue reading

Carbon Nanotube Sensors: The Rumblings of Technological Revolution
Biology

Carbon Nanotube Sensors: The Rumblings of Technological Revolution

By Ian MacArthur Revolutions in one field of science often revolutionize other scientific fields. Breakthroughs in nuclear physics in the 1940′s later allowed organic chemistry to thrive with improved chemical detection methods and gave rise to biological imaging technologies. Recent developments in nanotechnology are now set to drastically enhance our understanding of biology and medicine. … Continue reading