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Henrietta Lacks: An Abbreviated Revolutionary

What do the polio vaccine, humans in space, the cosmetic industry, and nuclear bombs have in common? If you answered that they all involved the use of HeLa cells, congratulations: you are correct. If you think “HeLa” is gibberish, I suggest that you continue reading to learn how one woman revolutionized not only science, but also the efficacy of societal …

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Living by the Clock: How DNA Methylation Affects Lifespan

Have you ever wondered why skin cells and liver cells that contain the exact same DNA are so different? The answer is in gene expression. Although skin and liver cells do have the same DNA, different parts of the DNA are expressed in each type of cell. This cell type-specific expression results from different genes being “read” or transcribed by …

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Net Neutrality: What it is, why it matters and what you can do

Without a doubt the internet is one of the most important inventions of our times. This worldwide network has revolutionized the way people communicate, work, access information, entertain themselves and much more. Essentially it has reshaped every aspect of our everyday lives. The internet as we know it today has evolved over the past 30 years. However, some long standing …

Sleepless Students

When my classmates stay up late, I notice right away as they stagger into class, sporting dark bags beneath their eyes. It bothers me to see so many of my classmates in this state. I’ve noticed a trend: on days with large projects due or exams, half of the class is either yawning or nodding off. This problem is not …