Genetically Engineering Our Future
Biology / Genetic Engineering / Genetics / Jack Zhong

Genetically Engineering Our Future

Scientists today use biotechnology to insert and remove genes, altering characteristics in various organisms. This process of “genetic engineering” involves manipulating an organism’s genome—the collection of genetic material, including DNA and RNA. Interestingly, these techniques utilize  naturally occurring organisms and phenomena. Many organisms possess DNA editing tools, such as nuclease enzymes, that regulate DNA reproduction. … Continue reading

Protecting Our Defenses: Our Extensive Use of Antibiotics Reduces the Diversity of the Microbiome
antibiotics / Biology

Protecting Our Defenses: Our Extensive Use of Antibiotics Reduces the Diversity of the Microbiome

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited By: Arianna Winchester One of the greatest accomplishments of civilization is our ability to purposefully modify the natural world. Scientific research has taught us that we are surrounded by microorganisms too small to see with the naked eye. Of the hundred trillion cells that constitute the average human body, only ten … Continue reading

How Chemistry Becomes Biology
Astrobiology / Astrochemistry / Astronomy / Ian Cohn / Life / Origins / space

How Chemistry Becomes Biology

By: Ian Cohn. Edited By: Timshawn Luh This past week, a team of scientists from Harvard University, Leiden University, and Kobe University announced what has been since deemed a very exciting discovery—for the first time, the presence of complex organic molecules had been observed in an infant star system. Detected through the use of a … Continue reading

A Promising Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease?
Jack Zhong / Neuroscience

A Promising Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease?

By: Jack Zhong Edited By: Josephine McGowan Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the US, and yet, it has no known cures, prevention methods, or approaches to slow down the progression of disease. Causing degeneration in the brain (Figure 1), Alzheimer’s disease has common symptoms that include: dementia, memory loss, decline … Continue reading

Monsters from the Deep: Strange Life Found in the Mariana Trench
fish / Marine Biology

Monsters from the Deep: Strange Life Found in the Mariana Trench

By: Julia Zeh Edited by: Arianna Winchester Recent deep-sea expeditions have shown us that we don’t know much about the creatures lurking beneath the surface of the ocean. We see organisms that look and behave completely differently from creatures found on the surface, probably because the deepest parts of the ocean are so different from … Continue reading

Artificial Intelligence: Creating our own extinction?
Artificial Intelligence / Computer Science / Jack Zhong

Artificial Intelligence: Creating our own extinction?

By: Jack Zhong Edited By: Hsin-Pei Toh While we are nowhere close to creating a human brain, we humans have successfully created artificial ones in the form of computers. This development occurred in just a little over 50 years after Professor Alan Turing created the precursor to the first computers to break the Enigma encryption used … Continue reading

The Opposite of “Roundup Ready”: Monarch Butterflies in the Age of GMOs
Alexandra DeCandia / Ecology / Environmental

The Opposite of “Roundup Ready”: Monarch Butterflies in the Age of GMOs

By: Alexandra DeCandia Edited By: Timshawn Luh Monarch butterflies are an iconic American species. Found in all 50 states, these orange-and-black backyard visitors delight children with their delicacy and grace. They pass through our gardens each year, participants in an annual, multi-generational migration among the farthest undertaken by an insect species. Travelling south from Canada … Continue reading

Announcing the Launch of CSR’s Spread Science Video Series
Spread Science Video Series

Announcing the Launch of CSR’s Spread Science Video Series

In the fall of 2014, the members of the Columbia Science Review sought to continue their mission of promoting scientific awareness and literacy in ways other than the methods already in place: the biannual publication of the Columbia Science Review, the online blog, and frequent outreach/on-campus events. After many hours of hard work and planning, the CSR … Continue reading