A Genome-Based Attack on the Tsetse Fly

A Genome-Based Attack on the Tsetse Fly

Recently, a team of 146 scientists unraveled the genome of the tsetse fly, the vector of a lethal disease called sleeping sickness. With this new genetic information, many scientists have proposed innovative solutions to protect the 70 million people in sub-Saharan Africa who are affected by this disease.

Australian Surgeons Transplant a “Dead” Heart

Australian Surgeons Transplant a “Dead” Heart

Surgeons in Australia have successfully performed heart transplants using “dead” hearts. The surgeons have been able to revive these hearts using a “heart-in-the-box” device.

Catherine “Cassie” Tarleton (TC ’16): Uncovering a nascent interest in public health

Catherine “Cassie” Tarleton (TC ’16): Uncovering a nascent interest in public health

Unexpected events in Cassie Tarleton’s academic career have led her to public health, specifically to serving the health needs of Asian American communities.

Mythbusters: The Cam Jansen Effect

Mythbusters: The Cam Jansen Effect

Many people wish they had the memory of fictional detective Cam Jansen, who can remember scenes so vividly and so accurately, it is as if she is looking at a photograph. As amazing as this ability is in helping Cam Jansen solve mysteries, evidence suggests that it is not possible in real life.

Unsolved Mysteries: The Enigmatic Mechanism of Age-old Antibiotics

Unsolved Mysteries: The Enigmatic Mechanism of Age-old Antibiotics

Recent studies in the field of microbiology have overturned prior beliefs on the mechanism of action of antibiotics. These findings hold promise for the future development of antibiotic drugs for combatting the rise in superbugs worldwide. But first, the mystery surrounding antibiotics must be solved.

Q&A: What makes blue LED light so special?

Q&A: What makes blue LED light so special?

Shuji Nakamura, Isamu Akasaki, and Hiroshi Amano won the 2014 Nobel Prize in physics for their invention of blue LED. What makes this invention note-worthy?

Fighting Obesity: Uncovering a Pathway to Change

Fighting Obesity: Uncovering a Pathway to Change

A better understanding of neural interaction with fat tissue can lead to more targeted treatments for obesity.

One Sweet Gene: Exploiting Genes to Keep Us Lean

One Sweet Gene: Exploiting Genes to Keep Us Lean

Recent research on the worm C. elegans reveals a connection between the gene SKN-1, proline, and fat accumulation. In the future, miracle drugs may target these genes to prevent weight gain, even in the condition of a high-sugar diet.

Book Review: “Working Stiff” – Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

Book Review: “Working Stiff” – Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

In Working Stiff, Dr. Judy Melinek presents her work as a medical examiner trainee in forensic pathology. The text is fascinating, engaging, and emotional – unfortunately, it is not entirely scientific.

Seafloor Like Never Before

Seafloor Like Never Before

Using new satellite technology, scientists found a way to map the ocean floor with never-before-seen details. Now, the public has access to a 3D, interactive map of the seafloor, and scientists have access to a wealth of information that will advance their work in various fields.