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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

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

The Game of Cancer: Evolutionary game theory offers new insights in cancer biology

The Game of Cancer: Evolutionary game theory offers new insights in cancer biology

Evolutionary game theory, the application of game theory to evolutionary biology, may provide new insights on how cancer behaves. Earlier this year, a team from the Moffitt Cancer Center, led by Artem Kaznatcheev and Jacob G. Scott, who are currently

Synthesizing Opioid Antagonists: A more sustainable method for creating a lifesaving drug

Synthesizing Opioid Antagonists: A more sustainable method for creating a lifesaving drug

With an increasing intensity in the nation’s opioid epidemic, the public health community has been searching for ways to manage drug addiction. Chemical antagonists have proven effective in binding to opioid receptors, thus competing with opioid agonists and blocking them

Fighting Effects from Heat with Potassium

Fighting Effects from Heat with Potassium

People have been aware for centuries that hot weather can be detrimental to our health. Recently, a team of researchers from University of Pennsylvania and Yale University found that hot weather can also influence the effects of the medicine we

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

Sensational Prosthesis: prosthetic hand with nearly human capabilities

Sensational Prosthesis: prosthetic hand with nearly human capabilities

Prostheses are artificial devices that are designed to replace missing limbs or parts of limbs and restore some of their capabilities. However, more than 30 percent of prostheses are abandoned by users because they fail to provide sensory feedback to

Retracing Millions of Steps: Investigating the transcriptional dynamics of mouse organogenesis

Retracing Millions of Steps: Investigating the transcriptional dynamics of mouse organogenesis

It is not too difficult to see how an organism develops on a macro scale. Depending on the subject, it can be as simple as placing an embryo in a petri dish and peering at it through a microscope every

Listening to Cells

Listening to Cells

Cells hold key information for understanding the human body, particularly for diseases associated with cell development. For many years, researchers have struggled to measure cell mechanics without destroying the cell. Most methodologies require squeezing the cell and watching it deform.