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Advice to Women in STEM: Mariel Pettee

Advice to Women in STEM: Mariel Pettee

Mariel Pettee: Two Sides of the Same Coin Mariel Pettee never decided to be one thing or another. She simultaneously researches the Higgs-Boson particle and finds the time to choreograph a musical about Elon Musk and the colonization of Mars.

10/25 News Flash 6: America’s Last Line of Defense for a Safe Vaccine

10/25 News Flash 6: America’s Last Line of Defense for a Safe Vaccine

Graphic by Annie Lin. As political tension grows in the United States of America, both the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control have been undermined and politicized. This has led to a growing distrust of these

10/25 News Flash 5: How obesity could create problems for a COVID vaccine

10/25 News Flash 5: How obesity could create problems for a COVID vaccine

Graphic by Tai Michaels. From the start of the current COVID-19 pandemic, scientists have observed a consistent correlation between heightened COVID symptoms to the point of death and obesity in patients. This could arise from a myriad of factors, from

10/18 News Flash 6: SARS-CoV-2 disrupts splicing, translation, and protein trafficking to suppress host defenses

10/18 News Flash 6: SARS-CoV-2 disrupts splicing, translation, and protein trafficking to suppress host defenses

Graphic by Tai Michaels. The pathology behind SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, is still relatively unknown to researchers. However, scientists at the California Institute of Technology have compiled a comprehensive guide to the interactions between the virus’ proteins and

08/10 News Flash 2: Coronavirus RNA proofreading: molecular basis and therapeutic targeting

08/10 News Flash 2: Coronavirus RNA proofreading: molecular basis and therapeutic targeting

Image courtesy of Needpix. COVID-19 has exposed the absence of effective antiviral treatment for human coronaviruses. The principal mechanism of infiltration for these RNA viruses involves introducing RNA into the host, which is eventually transcribed into DNA. Once transcription has

07/15 News Flash 2: Exploring the SARS-CoV-2 virus-host-drug interactome for drug repurposing

07/15 News Flash 2: Exploring the SARS-CoV-2 virus-host-drug interactome for drug repurposing

Image courtesy of Pxfuel. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich have developed CoVex, an interactive online platform dedicated to compiling information on SARS-CoV-2 with the purpose of drug repurposing. To complement the  development of new drugs, CoVex enables researchers

Science vs. The Apocalypse: Antibiotic Resistance

Science vs. The Apocalypse: Antibiotic Resistance

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Since the discovery of penicillin, the first commercialized antibiotic, in 1928, our society has dramatically improved. We have raised life expectancy, improved quality of life, and altogether created a healthier world. However, it’s not just