Psychological Stress Marks our DNA: Stress and the Shortening of Telomeres

It is common knowledge in our increasingly fast-paced and stressful society that chronic stress is injurious to a person’s health, but how our psychological stress really translates into physiological consequences is still a growing area of research. The study “Does cellular aging relate to patterns of allostasis? An examination of basal and stress reactive HPA axis activity and telomere length”, …

A Case for Including a Bioethics Class in the High School Curriculum

Over the course of scientific history, many research experiments have been conducted, and amazing discoveries have been made that have improved countless lives. However, not all of the work has been ethical, and in fact, some of it has been cruel. In such cases, the ends do not justify the means. Because science depends on public dollars to fund research, …

The Biological Expedition of Memories

For several years, the origin of inexplicable fears such as arachnophobia or acrophobia has remained an enigma. How, why, and by what means such fears develop was a prevalently unanswered question, until a study involving mice opened a complex, intricate gateway into the world of epigenetics and provided some insight into this phenomenon. In fact, recent research and experimentation affirm …

Finding a New Angle to Colon Cancer: Lipid Droplets and Genistein

If you are lactose intolerant and rely on soy milk or simply love the taste of Silk®, there is good news for you. Recent studies have shown that genistein, a component of soy, has the ability to curb colon cancer progression and lower the risk of getting colon cancer. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, over one …

Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae: A Formidable Opponent in the Fight against Multidrug Resistance

It is no longer news that after several decades of antibiotic treatment of bacterial infections, a recurring pattern of antibiotic resistance continues to persist among several bacterial pathogens. Such antibiotic resistance generally originates from severely ill hospitalized patients. Initial discoveries of antibiotic-resistant bacteria were usually localized to a specific geographic origin. However, subsequent spread of resistant bacterial strains to other …

The “Little Brain” in the Heart

We make many associations with our hearts in our everyday lives; we view it as the source of emotion, love, wisdom, and courage. However, we usually restrict these lofty descriptions to our day-to-day conversations; scientifically speaking, most of these inner qualities have been attributed to the brain, the most complex organ of our body. Thus, the heart has been studied …