Serendipity in Science: Understanding How Accidents Can Lead to Scientific Discoveries

By: Sadie Steffens, 3rd year PhD candidate in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program When the word "science" comes to mind, I think about carefully planned experiments designed to test a hypothesis.  These experiments are expected to produce a certain result to verify a scientific claim—but often, these carefully planned experiments yield unexpected, or even unwanted, results. … Continue reading Serendipity in Science: Understanding How Accidents Can Lead to Scientific Discoveries

DNA and Epigenetics: Understanding the Blueprint of Life (Part 2)

By: Patrick Brown, 2nd year PhD candidate in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program In Part I of my discussion of DNA and epigenetics, I described how DNA is first converted into mRNA via transcription, then mRNA is translated into protein. Once proteins are made from this genetic code, they can begin doing work in cells. I ended … Continue reading DNA and Epigenetics: Understanding the Blueprint of Life (Part 2)

DNA and Epigenetics: Understanding the Blueprint of Life

By: Patrick Brown, 2nd year PhD candidate in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Due to hit shows like CSI and The Big Bang Theory as well as an increase in news reporting, there is a growing interest in the various fields of biological science. As a scientist, I encourage everyone to learn more about the processes … Continue reading DNA and Epigenetics: Understanding the Blueprint of Life