Tagged UCSD Biological Sciences

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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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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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Behind the Podium: A Look Into Teaching the Lower-Division BILD Series

By Sharada Saraf | SQ Online Reporter | SQ Online (2016-2017) ________________________________________________________________________________________ It’s Monday morning. You’re in your BILD 4 class, and it’s painfully obvious that it’s an 8 a.m., because the 300 students in the lecture hall are dead silent as the professor poses a question to the crowd. The person on your left is dutifully taking…

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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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Warming Up

LIAM HUBER | BLOGGER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) How a Crinkle in Cellular Metabolism Gave Mammals, Birds, and (Maybe) Dinosaurs a Major Competitive Advantage—at a Cost By this point in the school year, between a colossal workload and a meager money supply, you have probably begun wondering exactly how often you have to eat. It is a good…