Stay Free of CHIKV!

Posted: 09 09, 2015

Written by Suzan Ok Doctoral Candidate in Microbiology & Immunology at UNC Illustration by Allie Mills Doctoral Candidate in UNC Department of Pharmacology Stay Free of CHIKV! Chikungunya (pronunciation: chik-en-gun-ye), a virus with a difficult name to pronounce, is also proving difficult to contain. Like the more commonly known dengue virus, chikungunya (CHIKV) is an …read more

ToxCast and ToxPI: Emerging Tools for Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century

Posted: 08 28, 2015

By Mimi Huang Hindsight is always 20/20, especially in the field of science. Given what we know now, it seems crazy that people used to think the world was flat. The realm of toxicology is filled with similar stories (see “pregnancy-boosting” DES and super-insecticide DDT). In the mid-twentieth century America, realization of the harmful effects …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

Zombieism’s closely related cousin

Posted: 04 29, 2015

Most people would presume the safest place to survive the imminent Zombie apocalypse would be in an underground bunker. This erroneous conclusion has led to the untimely death of a large number of soft-shelled clams – admittedly not by Zombieism itself, but its closely related cousin: transmissible and highly contagious cancer. Hemic neoplasia, a leukemia-like …read more

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