Hemophilia: A Royal Disease

By: Kimberly Shen Edited by: Arianna Winchester On August 12, 1904, three hundred rounds of cannons were set off to announce the birth of the first son born to the current royal family in St. Petersburg, Russia. This birth was particularly special for both the Russian royal family and Russian people since they finally hadContinue reading “Hemophilia: A Royal Disease”

Mitochondrial DNA: Sinking a Century-Old Myth

By: Kimberly Shen Edited by: Arianna Winchester   Though we may think we know everything about the destruction of the Titanic over a century ago, new scientific developments are enabling us to find out new information about what actually happened on that tragic night in 1912. Modern methods of mitochondrial DNA testing has been ableContinue reading “Mitochondrial DNA: Sinking a Century-Old Myth”

Breaking Down a Binary: New Research Suggests a Spectrum of Biological Sexes

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited by: Josephine McGowan  The discussion of gender identity has seen a sharp increase in recent years. As social stigma fades and scientific understanding increases, those who do not identify with the traditional gender binary are gaining the acceptance that all humans deserve. But the concept of “biological” sex identification remains aContinue reading “Breaking Down a Binary: New Research Suggests a Spectrum of Biological Sexes”

Eating like Cavemen: Digging up the Paleo Diet

By: Ashley Koo For those of you regular LinkedIn users, you might have noticed that James Altucher, an entrepreneur and popular author of many self-help books, recently published a Pulse article that has gained a whopping 188,000 views to date. On what, you may ask? Not a guide-to-success how-tos, or a list of productive habits:Continue reading “Eating like Cavemen: Digging up the Paleo Diet”

Pain: A Curse or A Gift?

By: Kimberly Shen One night, 13-year old Ashlynn Blocker was stirring ramen noodles. Suddenly, the spoon slipped from her hand and fell into the boiling pot of water. Without thinking, she reached her hand in to fish out the spoon. She then took out her hand and spent a few minutes looking at it. Afterwards,Continue reading “Pain: A Curse or A Gift?”

Biological Circuitry – A Biomedical Frontier

Author: Ian MacArthur Editor: Josephine McGowan Electronic circuits are the backbone of modern civilization. The logical processes they perform underlie the function of all computational devices, ranging in complexity from the simplest calculators up to the most advanced supercomputers. However, the execution of logical tasks need not be confined to inorganic circuitry. Extensive research hasContinue reading “Biological Circuitry – A Biomedical Frontier”

Escaping the Vortex: Genetic Rescue as Means of Conservation

By Alexandra DeCandia Humans have a talent for disrupting natural processes. Through the overharvest of species and inundation of landscapes with highways and suburbs, we’ve continuously rendered wild populations small and fragmented. Compared to larger, outbred populations, these communities exhibit higher rates of inbreeding. If their circumstances do not improve, inbreeding depression, or reduced reproductiveContinue reading “Escaping the Vortex: Genetic Rescue as Means of Conservation”