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Fighting for Funding: White House Anti-Science Stance Distresses Scientists

By Sharada Saraf | SQ Online Reporter | SQ Online (2016-2017) ________________________________________________________________________________________ President Trump wants to cut billions of dollars in research grant funding, and institutions like UC San Diego have become seriously concerned about the future of science. Presidential budget proposals, while never implemented in their final form, are good indicators of what the Executive Office wants…

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New Discoveries in Autism

By Lauren Stiene | Online Reporter | SQ Online (2016-2017) Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of disorders associated with social deficits. The neurological cause of these social deficits is not entirely known, but in the past two years there have been important discoveries about this cause.         It has been theorized that the perceived…

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From Transplant Organs to Interspecies Chimeras: An Interview with Dr. Jun Wu

BY BAR YOSEF| SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) ____________________________________________________________________________ In the January 26, 2017 issue of Cell, Salk Institute scientists reported on their breakthroughs in interspecies chimeras. Chimeras are organisms with organs of different species. The paper, whose first author is staff scientist Dr. Jun Wu, featured explanations of the scientists’ success in growing a…

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The Future of Science Education

BY MADISON RAE | SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) ____________________________________________________________________________ We are living in a complicated era for education. With the new presidential administration, changing standards and curriculums, and many different attitudes toward the sciences across our nation, it’s hard to predict the future of science in our schools. In the past, the common method of…

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Printing the Path to a Brighter Future

EMMA HUIE | UTS STAFF WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17)   Any book you peruse or newspaper you casually toss out owes its existence to Johannes Gutenburg’s original printing press, which revolutionized the transfer of information and led Europe out of the Dark Ages. As time went on, printing advanced from the second dimension to the third,…

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Translational Medicine Day

CALLUM ARRAS | BLOGGER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17)   Translational medicine—this term for healthcare was new to me as I approached the Telemedicine Building for the first time for a reason other than a turbo combo from Club Med. My immediate assumption was that the “translational” aspect pertained to the conversion of RNA to protein…

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Sleep Equals A+

MADELEINE YU | SQ ONLINE | BLOGGER 16-17   Well folks, the weeks have zipped by and I hate to be the one to say it, but Finals Week is here. The already-packed Geisel will be the first place to go and believe me, I won’t be anywhere near there when chaos ensues. Every ten…

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Create Your Own Baby: The Future of Human Embryonic Gene Editing

BY BAR YOSEF | SQ ONLINE REPORTER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) ____________________________________________________________________________ Imagine walking into Oceanview Terrace, UCSD’s newest dining hall, and standing in the pizza line. Pondering your choices, you consider the specials—southwest, chicken & artichoke, or vegetarian. Not finding any of them particularly appealing, you choose to make your own pizza, with any combination…

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Sharks: Our Misunderstood Neighbors

BY MADISON RAE | SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) ____________________________________________________________________________ “You’re gonna need a bigger boat” — Jaws is just one example of the many movies featuring a shark as the villain. With their sharp teeth, dark eyes, and nearly 400 million-year history, they are easy to paint in a frightening light. But, in actuality, sharks…