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

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

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

Meet a Scientist: Our New Editor-in-Chief, Ross Keller

A note from our Editor-in-Chief:  I will be defending my dissertation in just a few weeks, and therefore it's time to hand over the reins. I would like to introduce Ross Keller, our new Editor-in-Chief! Ross is a 5th-year Biomedical Sciences graduate student, and he's written and edited many blog posts that have been submitted to Lions … Continue reading Meet a Scientist: Our New Editor-in-Chief, Ross Keller

Going Viral: How Social Media Mirrors Science

By: Jillian Carmichael, 4th year student in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program “Did you see that post? It’s going viral!” Social media can be a strange beast. Within hours, funny videos about pandas going down slides or kids saying the most ridiculous things are all over the Internet. These viral posts saturate social media and it’s almost … Continue reading Going Viral: How Social Media Mirrors Science

Zika Virus: The New Kid on the Block

By: Jillian Carmichael, 4th year student in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Move over Ebola. There’s a new virus in town. If you’ve been paying attention to the news in the past few weeks, you may have heard about the Zika virus outbreak that’s currently sweeping through the Americas. As with any emerging outbreak, fear is a … Continue reading Zika Virus: The New Kid on the Block

Frankenfood? The Real Science Behind GMOs

By: Ross Keller, 5th year student in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program A recurring theme in science fiction is the ability to modify an organism’s genetic material. The goal is usually to give the modified person or creature amazing characteristics — super speed, super strength, or mind control, to name a few. I haven’t met anyone with these … Continue reading Frankenfood? The Real Science Behind GMOs