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Pacific Plastic

BY MADISON RAE | SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2017-18)   The beautiful beaches of San Diego and the rest of the Pacific ocean are facing significant threats from something man-made and nearly invisible: plastic pollution. Conservation groups inundate us with images of necks and fins trapped by soda rings, whales and dolphins tangled in discarded plastic…

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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…