Is it destiny or can science treat disease by changing cell fate?

Posted: 09 02, 2015

Written by Christina Marvin Illustration by Christina Marvin Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) are extraordinary in that they have the potential to differentiate into any somatic cell type and thus are used as effective tools in a wide range of studies, from understanding basic scientific processes to discovering treatment for disease. Yet, there is a …read more

Creativity – It’s In Your Genes

Posted: 08 03, 2015

By Adele Musicant Illustrated by Allie Mills Most of us have heard the story of Van Gogh and his ear:  he reportedly sliced it off after a quarrel with an artist friend who was thinking of severing (no pun intended!) the partnership. However, there is a plethora of similar stories: Virginia Woolf (a British novelist), the …read more

Science Fail Monday: Cloning Carelessness

Posted: 06 29, 2015

One of my research projects involves characterizing a new protein-protein interaction. I wanted to know which specific regions of the two proteins interacted with each other, so I generated plasmid DNA able to express several shortened versions of the proteins in cells, hoping to later test whether the proteins could still bind to one another. …read more

The Red Eye: A Case of Too Many Replicates

Posted: 06 08, 2015

  One afternoon during my international stint in Cambridge, I took a break from work to buy coffee from the local baker a block away from the Department of Genetics. He greeted me and chatted rapidly as he prepared my favorite drink. As he handed me my mocha, he did a double take. What happened …read more

TBT: Darwin’s doodles

Posted: 05 28, 2015

The image before you is known as Darwin’s tree of life. Today, most scientists immediately recognize it as a basic idea in evolutionary theory; yet when Darwin drew it in 1837, it was simply a sketch drawn in an attempt to understand the observations he made on the voyage of the Beagle. Based largely on …read more

Naturally GMO, the sweet potato way

Posted: 05 06, 2015

Contrary to scientific consensus, the public at large continues to harbor concerns over the consumption of foods containing  Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs. To make matters worse, scientists have now discovered we have unknowingly been eating GMO foods for more than 10,000 years. Indeed, it seems our overambitious ancestors may have even selected for crops …read more

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