Posts Categorized: Opinion

Too Sex-y For My Science: The Difference Sex Makes In Preclinical Data

Too Sex-y For My Science: The Difference Sex Makes In Preclinical Data

In 2014, The National Institutes of Health (NIH) made a bold statement: essentially, future studies of animals and cells would have to take place in both sexes, or risk losing funding. This move has not been without criticism, time and cost being the two issues most often raised. However, there are some worries that sex differences in preclinical… Read more

Is Ethidium Bromide Safe?

Is Ethidium Bromide Safe?

One of the most important steps in genotyping is gel electrophoresis. After this step, it is important that the gel is visualized. This process is typically accomplished by staining the DNA. While some stains allow the direct visualization of DNA bands, many require the gel to be exposed to UV light. One of the most… Read more

Empathy and Your Genes

Empathy and Your Genes

Empathy, simply put, is the ability to understand and share the feelings of someone else. It is an important human trait that allows us to experience deeper connections with those close to us and to be more successful as individuals. Empathy increases kindness and altruistic behavior, making society a better place in general. But where does… Read more

The Other Side: The Argument for GMO Labeling

The Other Side: The Argument for GMO Labeling

Hunger is a constant problem that we, as human beings, have been trying to solve for years through the advancement of technology. Currently, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) claims that one ninth of the world’s total population between 2014 and 2015 suffer from malnourishment. Considering how the United Nations emphasize… Read more

An Overview on Three-Parent Babies

An Overview on Three-Parent Babies

We can all recall the time our high school biology teachers taught us the basics of the human reproduction system. The process starts when a sperm enters an egg, each containing one half of a set of DNA. Essentially, the 23 pairs of chromosomes we inherit from our parents is what makes all of us… Read more

Redefining the Kilogram

Redefining the Kilogram

The Problem In a vault outside of Paris rests a small metal cylinder sitting inside three vacuum-sealed bell jars. The mass of the metal cylinder is known to be exactly 1 kg — the perfect kilogram. The weight was created in 1879 and is made from  an alloy of platinum and iridium. Since 1889 the… Read more

Vaccination Dilemma

Vaccination Dilemma

In a globalizing world, there is no question that diseases could evolve and threaten the lives of countless human beings. In an effort to protect ourselves, the health care system has developed vaccinations as the ideal weapons to combat these deadly diseases. However, the effects of vaccination are still a highly-contested debate. With people protesting vaccines because… Read more

Replicable Results and Incredible Headlines

Replicable Results and Incredible Headlines

We all know that correlation does not equal causation. Many websites use clickbait in their headlines to attract readers, and headlines involving science are no exception. But what would you say if you knew that many of the incredible studies cited aren’t even reproducible? Surely, as a good science student, you would reject them, right? Well…… Read more

Understanding Radiation

Understanding Radiation

“The ability to perceive or think differently is more important than the knowledge gained.” -David Bohm, a theoretical physicist of the 20th century On February 23, 1941, American chemist Glenn T. Seaborg and his colleagues identified plutonium as a new element at the University of California, Berkeley. However, in 1986, near the end of the Anti-Nuclear Movement, the… Read more

Neuroscience Research and Sex Representation

Neuroscience Research and Sex Representation

I first became interested in anatomy and physiology during my senior year HL biology course. Then, after taking a general psychology class as a freshmen in college, I decided to enroll in an upper-level psychology course with an emphasis in biology. The course, appropriately termed “Physiological Psychology,” was essentially an intensive analysis of the brain. In the class, we discussed sex differences within the… Read more