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Atherosclerosis in the Ancient World

BY LAUREN BRUMAGE | UTS WRITER | SQ 2017-2018 Prior to the advent of antibiotics, infectious diseases were the leading cause of death. In the era of modern medicine a silent killer pervades the human population. Cardiovascular diseases, which are responsible for 31% of deaths worldwide in 2012, have dethroned infectious disease as the leading…

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Gut Reactions: How Microbes May Affect Pain Tolerance

BY EMMA HUIE | UTS WRITER | SQ 2017-2018 Walk into any grocery store cleaning aisle and you will be inundated with alcohol-based sanitizers and antimicrobial products. Due to the horror stories of infections and world-wide pandemics, our anti-germ culture puts people at constant odds against bacteria. However, the right bacteria at the right place…

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Tinkering With Nature

BY MICHELLE PABLO| UTS WRITER | SQ 2017-2018 It’s no secret that the CRISPR/Cas9 technique has boomed in popularity in recent biological research. Though CRISPR was discovered in 1993, using it as a genome editing technique was not a reality until a few years ago. As a refresher, the CRISPR technique is a gene editing…

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Linked by Life: Art + Science

BY BAR YOSEF | UTS WRITER | SQ 2017-2018 At UCSD, the art and biology departments are located on opposite sides of campus and have seemingly opposite goals, courses, and students. Art and science are in general seen as drastically different. However, if you look closer, art and science have many similarities and a deep…

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Iceland’s Genome Project RD5

BY Grace Sahyouni | SQ WRITER | SQ 2017-2018 The world’s largest and most conclusive national genetic database can be found on a remote island in Europe with vast landscapes, exquisite waterfalls, and roaring volcanoes. Iceland’s unique geographic isolation is precisely what makes this country an excellent candidate for gene sequencing. A biopharmaceutical company called…