The Contemporary Genomic Gold Rush of CRISPR-Cas9

At the forefront of biological advances in the 21st century is the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing system, which employs “Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats” present in DNA sequences and the C...

Antimicrobial Resistance

In September of 2016, the UN General Assembly declared that the issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) presented a fundamental threat towards human health, development, and security. In response to this declar...

Breakthrough with CRISPR CAR T cells

A recent gene editing therapy, having seen great success in infants, has provided scientists with a breakthrough in cancer research. British doctors claim that the infants were cured via “designer cells,1” citi...

Humans, Climate, and the Emergence of Zoonotic Disease

The balance between humans and pathogens is undergoing a rapid, dramatic shift, and researchers believe that anthropogenic environmental influences are playing a major role. The relationship between humans and ...

The Aftermath of Ebola

The 2014 West African Ebola virus outbreak made for a tragic loss of life and caused widespread social disruption. The epidemic started in late December of 2013 in Guinea presumably due to the ingestion of frui...

The Search for Better Approaches to Combatting the Flu

          According to the World Health Organization, seasonal influenza is a highly contagious viral infection that can affect anyone worldwide. However, influenza is not equally dangerous to all demo...

Finding an Unlikely Friend in Stress

It is safe to assume that everyone has experienced stress at least once. Stress is an adaptation for human survival, but many of us feel that it is more burdening than helpful. We have all felt the strains of e...