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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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The Science Behind Alternative Medicine

  BY ANOKHI SAKLECHA | SQ WRITER | SQ 2017-2018 Killing nearly 100 Americans every day, the opioid epidemic is taking the country by storm. Over the last several years, opioid prescriptions for pain alleviation have more than tripled, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and, now, the drug abuse problem…

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Growing Concerns

LIAM HUBER | ONLINE REPORTER | SQ ONLINE (2017-18)   Being stuck with summer courses at UC San Diego may put a dent in your travel plans, but it does come with one (pretty big) silver lining. The coastal waters off La Jolla bear witness to the world’s largest gathering of blue whales, the most massive…

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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…