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23andMe and You

BY REBECCA CAPUTO| ONLINE REPORTER| SQ ONLINE (2017-18)   Who am I? If you have ever asked this question to yourself, then you might have considered the genetic testing services that genomics company 23andMe offer. Claiming to “explain your DNA,”, this company is the most popular of its kind with over 2 million customers. They…

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CAR-T Cell Therapy: Training the Body’s Cells to be Assassins of Cancer

BY LAUREN BRUMAGE | SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2017-18)   Cancer is a subversive illness that corrupts the body’s own cells, turning them into ever-replicating agents of disease that are nonetheless frequently recognized by the immune system as “self”. This renders it difficult for the body’s immune system to ward off cancer – unless cells…

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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…

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A Voice for Science

BY BAR YOSEF| SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) ____________________________________________________________________________ Today, there is only one PhD scientist in Congress. Bill Foster, the Democrat from Illinois, is a member of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the “go-to-guy for both parties when it comes to technical scientific matters,” which unsurprisingly come up often for a…

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The Perception of Mental Illness

By Lauren Stiene | Saltman Quarterly | SQ Online 2016-2017 Throughout history, debilitating stigmas have been attached to individuals diagnosed with mental illnesses. These stigmas have been fashioned and generalized as a result of misconceptions that surround certain mental illnesses. Some of these misconceptions are developed through the influence of the media. For example, seventy-seven…

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March for Science: The Spread of the Scientist/Activist

BY BAR YOSEF| SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) ____________________________________________________________________________ On Earth Day, 15,000 people gathered in downtown San Diego and marched from Civic Center Plaza to Waterfront. When asked why she marched, middle school science teacher Kimberly Carpenter said, “So many things.” And the signs carried by the marchers reflected this. Signs included remarks about…