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Cocktail Shrimp or Comma Shrimp? What Ancient Shrimp Can Teach Us About Evolution

Cocktail Shrimp or Comma Shrimp? What Ancient Shrimp Can Teach Us About Evolution

Image courtesy of Audrey Steinkamp. Imagine mindlessly digging into the ground and suddenly finding a fossil of a never-before-seen species. For some, such an experience is merely a dream, but for Javier Luque, a postdoctoral fellow at Yale’s Department of

The Origin of the Nucleus: The Discovery of a Cellular Fossil

The Origin of the Nucleus: The Discovery of a Cellular Fossil

Photo courtesy of Ellie Gabriel Our archaeological record of evolution is dotted with a few key events, such as life’s emergence from water to land and the emergence of functional wings on birds. However, one of the most fundamental evolutionary

Killer Graphene: using pencil lead to kill bacteria

Killer Graphene: using pencil lead to kill bacteria

You have most likely seen them before: surfaces such as coatings on medical devices that claim to have anti-bacterial properties, killing germs that land on them. Current methods for creating anti-bacterial surface involve the use of either transition metals, such

HOPS into the Cell: Uncovering how proteins enter cells

HOPS into the Cell: Uncovering how proteins enter cells

When we take a drug, it flows through our bloodstream before entering the cells in our bodies–where the action happens. Most drugs that are currently used are small organic molecules that perform specific functions according to their chemical composition and

What Turns Schizophrenia into Psychosis? A Clue Hidden in the Brain’s Circuitry

What Turns Schizophrenia into Psychosis? A Clue Hidden in the Brain’s Circuitry

Seeing, hearing, or feeling things that aren’t there; mistrusting others for no reason; or thinking that you’re someone other than yourself: these can be some of the debilitating symptoms of psychosis. In certain cases, schizophrenic patients can become psychotic, but

Cell-Penetrating Peptides: HPV’s Way Out

Cell-Penetrating Peptides: HPV’s Way Out

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted virus that can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms, including genital warts and cervical cancer. While the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that around 79 million Americans are infected, most people with

Lupus-causing Agent Shows Potential for Cancer Treatment

Lupus-causing Agent Shows Potential for Cancer Treatment

Some of the world’s deadliest diseases manifest when the body begins to betray itself. In cancer, mutated cells proliferate and overrun normal ones. Lupus, an autoimmune disease, occurs when the body’s immune system begins to attack its own cells. But

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