Saltman Quarterly

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Evolution in Action: An Interview with Dr. Justin Meyer and Dr. Katie Petrie

BY LAUREN BRUMAGE | SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2017-18)   Evolutionary biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky once said that “nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.” That being said, our understanding of the molecular mechanisms through which evolution operates is still incomplete. One UC San Diego lab, headed by Dr. Justin Meyer, is…

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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…