What’s with all the hype? The “Murder Hornet” problem explained

By Ryan Hylton Only one science topic has rivaled the Coronavirus pandemic in recent news cycles: the “Murder Hornet”. Although this nickname is a bit sensational, it does not fall far from the truth. Vespa mandarinia, or the Asian giant hornet, is the largest hornet species in the world and is known for its ability … Continue reading What’s with all the hype? The “Murder Hornet” problem explained

What is going on in your brain when you’re stressed

By Mariam Melkumyan While certain levels of stress present in our lives is a good thing, sometimes it can be too much. Now is a very stressful time for graduate students; in addition to qualifying and comprehensive exams and dissertations, we are constantly reminded of threats to our health and normal lives due to the … Continue reading What is going on in your brain when you’re stressed

Organ on a chip: The future of biomedical testing

By Rebecca Fleeman Photo Credit: Flikr Technology has significantly changed the way we interact with our environment. One noticeable advance is technology continuously becoming smaller and smaller over time. For example, look at how we listen to music. We began with records, moved to cassette tapes, then ended on CDs before everything we listened to … Continue reading Organ on a chip: The future of biomedical testing

When the Science Stops: A Series of Interviews

By Stephanie Baringer Photo Credit: Picpedia Are you curious about how different areas of science are handling the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home orders? We are trained that science never stops, but what happens when it does? Below are mini-interviews with researchers in four different areas of the scientific field: industry, government, medical affairs, and academia … Continue reading When the Science Stops: A Series of Interviews

The First Use of CRISPR to Treat a Genetic Disease in a Live Patient

By Ryan Hylton Basic concept of the CRISPR-Cas9 system. Photo Credit: Vox/Javier Zarracina At least 6,000 human diseases are caused by heritable genetic mutations1. A long-time dream of physicians and patients alike has been to specifically treat these diseases by manipulating the genetic code in affected patients. This dream became one step closer to reality … Continue reading The First Use of CRISPR to Treat a Genetic Disease in a Live Patient

A Limited Cure for a Different Viral Epidemic: HIV and Stem-Cell Therapy

By Stephanie Baringer Photo Credit: Needpix.com Amidst the chaos surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, other areas of the virology field have continued to advance. In early March, it was announced that Adam Castillejo, a 40-year old man from London, was cured of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV is a virus that weakens the immune system by … Continue reading A Limited Cure for a Different Viral Epidemic: HIV and Stem-Cell Therapy