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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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Succulents: Aesthetic Aspirations

BY MADISON RAE | SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2017-18)   Between UC San Diego’s student organizations’ sales pitches and sponsored craft events, succulents are nearly always available on campus. Off campus, one only needs to go as far as a local hardware or grocery store to find these plants for less than $10. In sunny California,…

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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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Escaping Extinction

BY MADISON RAE | SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2017-18) ___________________________________________________________________________ With the good news that giant pandas are no longer on the Endangered Species list, it’s time to take a look at all of the lists predicting extinction risk for different species. What do the many conservationist terms mean, and why are they so important? Endangered…

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Sustainable Seafood

BY MADISON RAE | SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2017-18) ___________________________________________________________________________ Some fish are infamous for looking unpleasant to eat. Pufferfish are spiny and need to be prepared properly or they can be poisonous. Lionfish are beautiful, but covered in venomous spines. Deep sea fish often look more alien than edible. But fish from a local restaurant…

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America’s Best and Worst Air Quality

BY MADISON RAE | SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2017-18) _____________________________________________________________________ California is well-known for its strict environmental standards: we see their influence in higher gas prices, decreasing plastic bag and bottle presence, increasing use of reusable products, and numerous national parks and protected areas.  Californian state universities and cities like San Francisco are working toward becoming…

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NO FREE WILL

BY BAR YOSEF| SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) ____________________________________________________________________________ Are humans just a bunch of neurons? Are we just another primate? These questions guide the research of Dr. Robert Sapolsky. A professor of biology, neurology, and neurosurgery at Stanford, Sapolsky splits his time between being a laboratory neurobiologist and a primatologist in a park in…

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Over-the-Counter Decongestants: A Quick Fix, or a Money Sink?

By Sharada Saraf | SQ Online Reporter | SQ Online (2016-2017) ________________________________________________________________________________________ Every UCSD student knows the terror of waking up with a scratchy throat, knowing exactly what it implies: seven to ten days of actual torture, and the very real possibility of taking a midterm with a cold. The thought of dealing with being that kid who…

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Malignant Snowflakes

BY BAR YOSEF| SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) ____________________________________________________________________________ Generation snowflake: noun informal, derogatory “the generation of people who became adults in the 2010s, viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations.” The term likely originates from the 1996 book and subsequent film Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. In the…