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Vaccination in the 21st Century

Vaccines are a complex innovation in disease prevention. Their widespread administration, both in the past and in contemporary society, has led to the eradication of diseases like smallpox and the near-eradication of ailments such as polio. Research into both existing and novel vaccines still takes place today, contributing to many fields including immunology and genetics….

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It’s Hard to Teach Science

There are many challenges and problems with the current education system, including its sometimes robotic nature. Often times, the manner in which curriculum is presented only seems to benefit students who excel at memorizing large amounts of information, leaving the rest of the students behind. This is obviously unfair. I see this as a problem…

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Exercising Caution

I just wanted to write a fun blog encouraging you to go for a run and not stress about finals for a bit. As it turns out maybe that was overambitious. My last handful of blogs have been fairly uncontroversial; the research I encountered generally pointed to one solid answer and –besides having to manage…

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Evolution Confusion

BY MELODY NAZARBEGIAN | BLOGGER | SQ ONLINE (2018-19)   As finals week approaches, the phrase “survival of the fittest” resonates with many students seeking to prove themselves in UC San Diego’s competitive academic environment. Darwin’s theory definitely did not refer to one’s ability to study for endless hours, surviving on minimal amounts of sleep…

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LASIK: UNDERSTANDING HOW COMPLICATIONS ARISE

In a time in which computer screens have become a part of everyday life, myopia or nearsightedness is more prominent than ever. Currently forty percent of the US population is myopic, and the rate is expected to reach fifty percent by 2050. This is why Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, or more commonly known as LASIK,…