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What Science Has To Say About Transgender Athletes

With athletes such as Caster Semenya and Dutee Chand excluded from athletic competitions on the basis of gender identity, concerns regarding trans womens’ participation in athletic competition continues to surface in conversation and has fostered polarizing sides (“Dutee Chand on Semenya Ruling”). There has been an outcry concerning violations of trans rights, and equity inContinue reading “What Science Has To Say About Transgender Athletes”

What is Herd Immunity and how does it relate to COVID-19?

When it comes to preventing a disease like Covid-19 from further spreading, Herd Immunity is crucial! Herd Immunity is when a large sector of a population becomes immune to a disease, usually through vaccination (through which the body is exposed to the virus and develops antibodies against it through primary response). As a result, thisContinue reading “What is Herd Immunity and how does it relate to COVID-19?”

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac Disease. For most the name feels familiar, but the science behind this condition is still a haze. To the basics! Celiac Disease is a very prevalent condition, affecting millions of people each year in the US alone. It is a genetic immune related condition in which people cannot eat gluten as it causes damageContinue reading “What is Celiac Disease?”

The Opioid Catastrophe!

With 10.3 million misused opioids, 130 people dying from opioid related causes every day, and 2.0 million people with opioid addiction disorders in the US in 2018 alone, how did we get here?  In the past, opioids were only given to those who were terminally ill, had very severe acute pain, or were suffering fromContinue reading “The Opioid Catastrophe!”

Vegan Pet Food: Is it feasible?

With thousands of picture perfect recipes plastered all over Pinterest and Instagram, Vegan lifestyles have taken the internet by storm. Usually adopted for the health benefits and the reduced ecological footprint, numerous people are incorporating plant based diets in the USA and UK. Major pet food companies Purina, V-Dog, WildEarth, Natural Balance, Pedigree, and PetGuardContinue reading “Vegan Pet Food: Is it feasible?”

Human Genome Project

The Human Genome Project (HGP) was an international research project with the primary objective of sequencing and determining the base pairs in human DNA, and the exact location and functions of various genes. [A genome is the complete set of DNA of an organism] The HGP lasted from 1990-2003, and was led by the DepartmentContinue reading “Human Genome Project”

Sickle Cell Anemia

Sickle Cell Anemia (one of a group of disorders referred to as Sickle Cell Disease)  is an inherited blood disorder in which the body lacks sufficient red blood cells to transport and distribute oxygen to the organs and tissues. Reason being that instead of the red blood cells maintaining a classic round shape, the sickleContinue reading “Sickle Cell Anemia”

Cryo-Electron Microscopy

In the midst of this pandemic, almost everyone is acquainted with the token Covid-19 protein image. This image has surfaced on all facets of the internet, used as the primary visual in multitudes of articles and media blasts. However, given the extremely small size of the protein, how were scientists able to construct this 3DContinue reading “Cryo-Electron Microscopy”

How do hospitals deal with MRSA?

Superbugs! They’re the hospital’s worst nightmare. They have the power to cause pneumonia, skin infections, urinary tract infections, and can even result in death. Most prevalent in hospitals, it’s not astonishing that healthcare workers must take serious precaution to prevent any spreads. First, what are superbugs? Superbugs are bacteria, which are not easily killed byContinue reading “How do hospitals deal with MRSA?”

Pressure and Dehydration

If there’s one thing many are guilty of, it’s never drinking enough water. On surface level, It’s obvious dehydration does little justice, our bodies obviously require water to function and to maintain glowing skin! But what actually happens on the cellular level when we are dehydrated?  First of all, our bodies are made up ofContinue reading “Pressure and Dehydration”

Folding at Home

No, I’m not talking about laundry, no one ever likes talking about chores. I’m talking about the Folding@home project. Their goals have become principal currently, where there is a desperate need of protein research. With the COVID-19 scare, the Folding@home project has gained a ton of heat.  The basis of the project relies on theContinue reading “Folding at Home”

What is Regenerative Medicine in Application?

Regenerative Medicine is the practice of replacing and regenerating human or animal tissues and organs to restore proper function to the impaired parts, usually damaged due to trauma, disease, or age.  The Regenerative Medicine field relies on the practice of stimulating the body’s primary healing mechanisms to restore the damaged areas. In a situation whereContinue reading “What is Regenerative Medicine in Application?”

Heterochromia

What is Heterochromia? Heterochromia means different (hetero-) colors (-chromia). It is a condition in which an individual’s irises are differently colored. (However the term may also be applied to skin and hair, not just irises) *NOTE “Iridis” and “iridium” refer to the iris of the eye. The iris is the thin, circular structure that surroundsContinue reading “Heterochromia”

The Killer Tomato

It’s hard to imagine an omelet without tomatoes or a burger without ketchup. It seems obvious that with ketchup being a popular condiment, that tomatoes must’ve been a stable for centuries. However, fairly recently has the tomato made its appearance into our diets. In Europe, following the late Middle Ages, tomatoes were considered deadly andContinue reading “The Killer Tomato”

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