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E-Cigarette Safety: The Unlisted Chemicals Inhaled

E-Cigarette Safety: The Unlisted Chemicals Inhaled

Branded as a safer alternative to smoking, e-cigarettes have become widely popularized among teenagers and adults. However, with the recent rise of reported vaping-related deaths, medical professionals and researchers seek to better understand the risks of e-cigarettes.   Led by

The Regulation Game: The key to controlling cellular microRNA levels

The Regulation Game: The key to controlling cellular microRNA levels

What can viruses, culprits of the flu, or even worse pathogens teach us about our biochemistry? For decades, viruses have brought scientists from a wide swath of specialties together and proven to be a hotbed of discovery because their relatively

A Toxin Uncovered: Revealing the structure of colibactin, a cancer-causing toxin from bacteria

A Toxin Uncovered: Revealing the structure of colibactin, a cancer-causing toxin from bacteria

Humans have a complicated relationship with bacteria. Some are “germs,” pesky agents of infection that infiltrate us from the outside. Others live inside us as part of our microbiomes, serving essential roles in our digestive and immune systems. But there

The Forces of Development:  The unexpected role of mechanical force in development

The Forces of Development: The unexpected role of mechanical force in development

Every one of us started out as an undifferentiated mass of cells known as the embryo. This small cluster of cells is not unlike a busy city at rush hour, with thousands of cells buzzing about, the hustle and bustle

The Dynamics of Wound Healing: Understanding cancer through the physics of cell movement

The Dynamics of Wound Healing: Understanding cancer through the physics of cell movement

At some point in their lives, nearly forty percent of all men and women in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer. Across the globe, the number of new annual diagnoses is projected to hit 23.2 million by 2030—an

Counterpoint: Regretful Rodents

Counterpoint: Regretful Rodents

How loneliness impacts rat research When receiving treatment for illnesses, rarely do we give thought to the process involved in developing the medications—the testing, research, and money. We assume that scientists have considered every possible variable to ensure the treatment

Case Almost Closed: How the Internet is Solving Medical Mysteries

Case Almost Closed: How the Internet is Solving Medical Mysteries

“A Man Discovers He Has a Disease Most People Thought No Longer Existed.” “She Had a Long and Strange Rash on Her Arm. What Was It?” It might seem like clickbait, but “Diagnosis” is surprisingly intimate and infinitely relevant. This

Making Corn Stand Tall:  A Teosinte Gene Key to Feeding a Growing Population

Making Corn Stand Tall: A Teosinte Gene Key to Feeding a Growing Population

According to a 2016 United Nations report, about one quarter of the world’s population produces all of the agricultural products consumed globally. As arable land grows scarcer, the efficiency of the agricultural industry is paramount to the sustainable growth of

Slicing Cells with Light: New Microscopy Techniques Shed Light on Life’s Intricacy

Slicing Cells with Light: New Microscopy Techniques Shed Light on Life’s Intricacy

Life exists at various scales, some visible and others too small to see—microscopic. Humans are, on average, a meter and a half. Zoom into our bodies and you’ll see organs measurable with a ruler. Keep going and you’ll encounter cells,

Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us

Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us

How much do you think about algae? Unless you regularly eat seaweed snacks, likely not much. However, algae—albeit green and slimy—is more than meets the eye, and this tiny organism might even have an important role in shaping our future.