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Stem in Regenerative Medicine

Photo of stem cell differentiation from Wikimedia Commons Every biology student at some point has heard of the term “cell differentiation.” At the most basic level, cell differentiation is how cells become specialized in organisms to perform unique functions. This … Keep Reading


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Mammal Monday – Bye-Bye Woolly Mammoths

It is difficult to come across someone who has not heard of the Ice Age, both the period of time on Earth millions of years ago, as well as the block-buster film that follows a woolly mammoth and his animal … Keep Reading


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The Link Between Our Senses

Out of all the five human senses, vision and hearing are the most important, as they are crucial to daily life. An impairment of either of these two senses would be blatantly obvious to a person. But what about our … Keep Reading


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Unusual Uvulas: Useless or Underrated?

Have you ever wondered what that dangling thing is at the back of your throat? Does it have a purpose, or was it something our ancestors used long ago that serves no purpose to the modern Homo sapiens? The human … Keep Reading


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Humans Had a Third Eyelid. Yes, That’s Right.

Evolution is a controversial topic in this day in age, due to different beliefs about how us humans have evolved. One example of evolution scientists study are vestigial structures, which are organs, muscles, and cells that serve almost little to … Keep Reading


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Negative Neurological Impact of Adderall in Children

In the four years between 2007-08 and 2011-12, there was a 56% increase in the diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder among preschoolers. Even more concerning, the National Survey of Children’s Health found that this diagnosis doubled among children 2-5 years … Keep Reading


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Human vs. Mouse: Not So Different?

The world is full of diversity. Organisms may be different colors, have different shapes, or have different behaviors, so how could they be considered similar? The answer lies in their core, where they are all constructed of DNA. DNA, also … Keep Reading


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Is Biotechnology the Answer to Food Allergies?

Eggs, milk, peanuts, wheat, tree nuts, fish, crustacean shellfish, and soy are the eight foods that make up the “big eight” list of food allergens as released by the United States Department of Agriculture. Together these eight foods cause 90% … Keep Reading


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Planet of the Brains

The difference between humans and other animals is often thought to be our complex thinking skills, introspection, and other advanced thinking processes. The advanced development of the human brain is our biggest asset and what we can thank for the … Keep Reading


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How Can We See Things?

Vision is a sense that a majority of animals have and seems almost essential in life. We almost take this crucial ability for granted. to How did the ability to see things arise, and what makes this possible?


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Winged Wednesday – A New Tuxedo for Penguins

Image from Wikimedia Commons Everyone is familiar with the typical penguins with their black feathers with predominantly black beaks; however, recently, a penguin has been spotted with whitish-yellow feathers with a white beak. In 2019, Photographer Yves Adams went on … Keep Reading


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Pigs Save Lives! Solving the Human Organ Transplant Crisis with Gene-Edited Pigs

Over 107,000 adults and children are on the national transplant waiting list as of February 2021 according to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and tragically, around 17 people die each day waiting for a transplant. The demand for … Keep Reading


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Scaled, Armored or Naked: How Does the Skin of Fish Evolve?

The first vertebrates on the planet were most likely fish, appearing on earth million and millions of years ago. Over this vast period of time all the way to represent day they have changed drastically, whether that be externally or … Keep Reading


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Human Impact on Biodiversity

Extinction has occured since life first evolved, but the high rate at which it is occurring now is causing great concern. Human activities have created a biological diversity crisis on Earth. There are three levels of biodiversity including genetic, species, … Keep Reading


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Is There Life on Maaaaars?

Image from Wikimedia Commons The lack of life on Mars has remained a huge obstacle in the hopes for astronaut missions on Mars, but scientists have cultivated cyanobacteria that may change the way we look at potential life on the … Keep Reading


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