Flawed Forensics: The Innocence Project’s 25th Anniversary

By Sonia Mahajan   This year marks the Innocence Project’s 25th anniversary. Created in 1992, the Innocence Project aims to “[exonerate] the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and [reform] the criminal justice system to prevent future injustices.” As of this article’s publication, the organization has used DNA evidence to exonerate 351 people. The Innocence Project identifiesContinue reading “Flawed Forensics: The Innocence Project’s 25th Anniversary”

An Incomplete Inheritance: New Research Demonstrates That Histone Proteins Can Carry Genetic Information

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited By: Bryce Harlan In the modern scientific community, it is common knowledge that deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) carries our genetic information. Every organism reads its DNA like a set of intricate instructions and pass on some of these instructions to its children through a process known as inheritance. DNA is our biologicalContinue reading “An Incomplete Inheritance: New Research Demonstrates That Histone Proteins Can Carry Genetic Information”

A Short Primer on CRISPR Technology and the Age of Genetic Engineering

By: Aditya Nair A clever modification to a bacterial immune response could hold the key to curing hundreds of genetic diseases. We humans, from our selfish point of view, are accustomed to considering bacteria as agents of infection and the causes of great suffering. The all too common “strep throat” is the result of infectionContinue reading “A Short Primer on CRISPR Technology and the Age of Genetic Engineering”

Encoded Maladies: A Survey of the Disorders that Arise in our Genes

A look into the complex world of genetic disorders, their histories, and how we treat them. Wilson’s Disease By Ian MacArthur Each day, the human body’s wondrous capacity for regulation enables us to carry out our necessary tasks in the midst of an ever changing environment.  Our ability to endure climates both scorching and frigidContinue reading “Encoded Maladies: A Survey of the Disorders that Arise in our Genes”

Encoded Maladies: A Survey of the Disorders that Arise in our Genes

A look into the complex world of genetic disorders, their histories, and how we treat them. Huntington’s Disease By Ian MacArthur The shores of Lake Maracaibo are populated by thousands of indigenous Venezuelans that live simply in stilted huts and subsist on the lake’s marine bounty, many in extreme poverty. These societies are archetypal third-worldContinue reading “Encoded Maladies: A Survey of the Disorders that Arise in our Genes”