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

An Incomplete Inheritance: New Research Demonstrates That Histone Proteins Can Carry Genetic Information
Biology / DNA / Tiago Palmisano

An Incomplete Inheritance: New Research Demonstrates That Histone Proteins Can Carry Genetic Information

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited By: Bryce Harlan In the modern scientific community, it is common knowledge that deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) carries our genetic information. Every organism reads its DNA like a set of intricate instructions and pass on some of these instructions to its children through a process known as inheritance. DNA is our biological … Continue reading

Breaking Down a Binary: New Research Suggests a Spectrum of Biological Sexes
Biology / gender / gene / Genetics

Breaking Down a Binary: New Research Suggests a Spectrum of Biological Sexes

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited by: Josephine McGowan  The discussion of gender identity has seen a sharp increase in recent years. As social stigma fades and scientific understanding increases, those who do not identify with the traditional gender binary are gaining the acceptance that all humans deserve. But the concept of “biological” sex identification remains a … Continue reading

Inundated by Trash: Marine Mammals and Debris
Biology / Causes for Concern / Conservation / Marine Life

Inundated by Trash: Marine Mammals and Debris

By Allie DeCandia Edited by Arianna Winchester  Humans have a love affair with plastic. Lightweight, versatile, durable, and inexpensive synthetic polymers have flooded the global market since 1950. Yet the qualities that earn success in the marketplace also severely endanger the natural environment. Winds, rivers, and currents ferry lightweight refuse ocean-bound, and cooler temperatures and … Continue reading

First New Antibiotic Discovered in Decades
antibiotics / Biology / Ian Cohn

First New Antibiotic Discovered in Decades

By Ian Cohn Edited by Josephine McGowan Scientists have long warned of the impending “age of antibiotic resistance.” As doctors use antibiotics more frequently and liberally, the potential for bacteria to develop drug-resistant mutations and transform into “super-bugs” becomes ever higher. At its worst, this means that eventually, we will stand powerless to these drug-resistant … Continue reading

Biological Circuitry – A Biomedical Frontier
Biology / Ian MacArthur

Biological Circuitry – A Biomedical Frontier

Author: Ian MacArthur Editor: Josephine McGowan Electronic circuits are the backbone of modern civilization. The logical processes they perform underlie the function of all computational devices, ranging in complexity from the simplest calculators up to the most advanced supercomputers. However, the execution of logical tasks need not be confined to inorganic circuitry. Extensive research has … Continue reading

Neuroscience’s Take on the Supernatural: Are Near Death Experiences Real?
Aditya Nair / Biology / blood / brains / Neurons / Neuroscience / Popular / Science

Neuroscience’s Take on the Supernatural: Are Near Death Experiences Real?

By: Aditya Nair It’s a tale that seems as old as history. Those among us who have come very close to dying report extraordinarily vivid visions involving some combination of seeing the dead, passing through a tunnel, feeling dissociated from the body, and extreme emotional states among many other phenomena collectively referred to as near … Continue reading