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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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Bankrupting Graduate Students: How the House Tax Proposal Could End American Research

By Sharada Saraf | SQ Online Editor | SQ Online (2017-2018) They’re the teaching assistants who ensure that papers are graded and students understand challenging concepts. They’re the essential drivers behind the high impact research that the UC system produces. They’re the ones who demystified organic chemistry for you, helped you pipette for the first time, and responded to…

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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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Atherosclerosis in the Ancient World

BY LAUREN BRUMAGE | UTS WRITER | SQ 2017-2018 Prior to the advent of antibiotics, infectious diseases were the leading cause of death. In the era of modern medicine a silent killer pervades the human population. Cardiovascular diseases, which are responsible for 31% of deaths worldwide in 2012, have dethroned infectious disease as the leading…