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

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

S.O.S. (Save Our Scientists)
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S.O.S. (Save Our Scientists)

By Aditya Nair The United States Government is currently $11.6 trillion in debt. That’s $36,653 per citizen, and represents more than a fifth of the debt held by every government in the entire world combined. Congress and the President constantly struggle to agree to even approve enough funding to prevent default or maintain government operations. This is a crisis, … Continue reading

Computational Chemists Awarded the Nobel Prize By the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
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Computational Chemists Awarded the Nobel Prize By the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

By Erik Schiferle With the developments of Electron Microscopy, X-ray Crystallography, and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, scientists are beginning to determine the sequence and structures of molecules, cells, and proteins. For example, in recent decades, scientists have determined the sequence of scaffolding proteins as well as the sequence and structure of RNA and DNA. The … Continue reading

“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