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Building a Bio-Fueled Future

BY MADISON RAE | SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2017-18)   With current projections predicting the depletion of fossil fuel reserves being by 2088, biofuels are seeing a resurgence in funding and awareness. The field of alternative energy is open to all kinds of new perspectives and technological advances, a great opportunity for creative up-and-coming biologists. This…

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Taking the Bite Out of Pathogens: How Researchers at UC San Diego Are Divorcing Mosquitos from Malaria and Other Infectious Diseases

LIAM HUBER AND MAYA GOPALAKRISHNAN | ONLINE REPORTERS | SALTMAN QUARTERLY 17-18 At UC San Diego, Dr. Omar Akbari pioneers a new method to combat some of the world’s deadliest contagions. (Source) Picture the deadliest animal in the world. What comes to mind? Fearsome teeth, bulging muscles, and lethal venom? Great white sharks, Bengal tigers, and…

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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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An Interview with Dr. Brinda Rana

For many students at UC San Diego with aspirations for careers in the sciences, the path to these professions can seem arduous, and the obstacles along the way are perceived as insurmountable. The anonymity that comes with studying at a large university, the process of applying to graduate programs, the struggle to find experience relating…

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Mutations: A Factor in Ebola’s Exponential Rise

By Sharada Saraf | SQ Online Reporter | SQ Online (2016-2017) ________________________________________________________________________________________ With winter quarter in full swing, you might find yourself reflecting on your performance from last quarter. Perhaps you’re rewarding yourself on your successful time management with a well-earned burrito from Goody’s. Or maybe you’re cursing your unrelenting procrastination while continuing to procrastinate. Yet, as you…

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How To Be A Student Lab Rat

At first, I was underwhelmed; it just looked like eight horizontal lines on different sections of the screen. But when the operator told me to focus on one line and move my eyes left and right, the line dramatically shifted up and down. Then my focus shifted to another line that oscillated every time I blinked, and finally, when I ground my teeth, I saw every line on the screen scatter into clouds of multicolored dots all blending together.