Team of Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital Makes Leaps and Bounds in Field of Organ Growing
Biology

Team of Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital Makes Leaps and Bounds in Field of Organ Growing

By Alex Bernstein In the United States alone, there are currently over 100,000 people waiting in line for a donor kidney. While dialysis machines can perform the essential functions that those with advanced kidney diseases so desperately need, only a new donated kidney can prove to be a permanent solution. Sadly, with the dearth of … Continue reading

The Future of Virtual Reality: A Roadmap to Losing Yourself
Science Fiction

The Future of Virtual Reality: A Roadmap to Losing Yourself

“Yesterday’s Future Today” – a biweekly column exploring the various predictions of classic science fiction and how they’ve stood the test of time. Earlier this year, Lucasfilm announced its decision to scrap the slated 2013 release dates for the 3D conversions of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. As … Continue reading

Secrets of the Brain Becoming Clear with New CLARITY
Neuroscience

Secrets of the Brain Becoming Clear with New CLARITY

Ever since the Obama Administration announced its backing of a new $100 million initiative to map the connections of the brain’s 85 to 100 billion neurons, skeptics have questioned whether neuroscientists have the tools available to achieve the massive feat. Now, researchers at Stanford University are reporting in the journal Nature a new technology that … Continue reading

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

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

Telomerase Mapped: Locating the “Fountain of Youth”
Biology / Cancer

Telomerase Mapped: Locating the “Fountain of Youth”

By Ian MacArthur In 1978 Elizabeth Blackburn and Joseph Gall published their work on telomeres, the regions on the ends of chromosomes comprised of simple, repetitive DNA sequences. This work constituted the first venture into elucidating the nature of the structures believed to play an important role in aging and cancer. Now, scientists at the … Continue reading