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

What is 6 Weeks Worth? The Cost of Cancer Drugs and Extending Life

By: Sadie Steffens, 4th year PhD candidate in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who hasn’t been affected by cancer in some way. Second only to heart disease as the leading cause of death, many of us have friends or loved ones who have suffered from cancer. News reports with big claims … Continue reading What is 6 Weeks Worth? The Cost of Cancer Drugs and Extending Life

When it Comes to Vision, Men and Women Really Aren’t Seeing Eye to Eye

By: Sadie Steffens, 4th year PhD candidate in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program The paint color in our master bathroom has been a source of debate since we bought our house. While I am certain that the color is firmly in the purple part of the spectrum, my husband insists that the paint is blue. Period. Visiting … Continue reading When it Comes to Vision, Men and Women Really Aren’t Seeing Eye to Eye