Lost in Translation

Credit: Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Anyone that’s taken a high school biology class is probably familiar with the central dogma of biology—DNA is transcribed into mRNA, which is translated into protein. Central Dogma of Biology As the basis for general biology, transcription and translation are fundamental to understanding the living systems scientists study. Despite the … Continue reading Lost in Translation

Brainstorming a Way to Conquer Death

Credit: Skeeze from Pixabay Scientists’ jobs depend upon answering thought-provoking questions, but as a consequence of working in niche research areas, the answers they discover often lack lasting impact on the wider scientific community. However, once in a while, a study will exceed the standard and provoke profound and universal ethical questions. Vrselja et al.’s … Continue reading Brainstorming a Way to Conquer Death

Blood, Sweat, and Years

By Daniel Hass, PhD Candidate in Neuroscience In 2009, the Atlantic published a short article entitled “The Meaning of Our Vampire Obsession”, outlining some of the potential psychological explanations for our societal obsession with these mythical bloodsuckers. Eight years later, this obsession shows no signs of abating, with various movies including ‘Hopekillers’, ‘The Vampyre’, ‘Love … Continue reading Blood, Sweat, and Years

Do you like Binge-watching? Your sleep may be suffering.

By Jessica Parascando, Master of Public Health Student   Are you still watching *inserts TV show*? This is a popular phrase with which many of us are all too familiar. “Binge-watching” is a term famously associated with Netflix and is defined as watching many or all episodes of a television series in rapid succession1. With 63% of … Continue reading Do you like Binge-watching? Your sleep may be suffering.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and Cancer

By Ross Keller, PhD Candidate in Biomedical Sciences The HPV virus. (Wikimedia)The Human Papilloma Virus, also known as HPV, is thought to contribute to an estimated 5% of all cancer cases worldwide. This includes approximately 70% of Oropharyngeal (throat) cancers, 95% of anal cancers, and 99% of cervical cancers among some other rare cancers1-4. HPV is … Continue reading Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and Cancer

What is Radon? and how does it impact health?

By Ross Keller, PhD candidate in Biomedical Sciences You have probably heard vague notions about the health impacts of radon, but what is it exactly? And how does it impact health? Currently, radon is believed to be the second leading cause of environmentally caused lung cancer, following smoking. The National Cancer Institute estimates that 15,000-22,000 … Continue reading What is Radon? and how does it impact health?

The Three Parent Child: Mitochondrial Transfer to Fight Leigh Syndrome

By Emily Schleicher, 1st year PhD candidate in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program   What is the Mitochondrial Genome?  When referring to the genome, most people think of 46 chromosomes, 23 from mom and 23 from dad.  The chromosomes are made of DNA,specifically DNA within the nucleus of our cells, and they encode for nearly … Continue reading The Three Parent Child: Mitochondrial Transfer to Fight Leigh Syndrome

Immunotherapy: awakening the immune system to fight cancer

By Ross Keller, PhD candidate in Biomedical Science. What is the immune system? The human body is continuously under assault from a wide array of things that would do it harm. Many of these come in the form of pathogens—or microbes that infect the body and are not part of the body's flora. These microbes … Continue reading Immunotherapy: awakening the immune system to fight cancer