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  • Opinion–GMO: It’s easy as D-N-A! Contains DNA-1by Jeff Bessen cartoon by Shannon McArdel Before forming an opinion on genetically modified foods, one should understand what genes are in the first place. Knowledge of the history and biological function of genes helps explain why scientists are almost unanimous in their endorsement of the safety of GMOs.   If the genome of a…
  • A potential new weapon against heart disease: PCSK9 inhibitors 3by Mary E. Gearing figures by Kristen Seim Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States . Today, patients with a family history of heart disease or risk factors such as elevated “bad” cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein or LDL cholesterol) are commonly treated with statin drugs such as Lipitor, which decrease…
  • RNA vaccines: a novel technology to prevent and treat disease Fig 1by Alexis Hubaud figures by Anna Maurer Vaccination is key to preventing disease and has been a major advance in public health to eradicate epidemics like smallpox or polio. Vaccines work by mimicking an infectious agent, and by doing so, train our bodies to respond more rapidly and effectively against them. A new class of…
  • The Winds of Change are Blowing: New Kite-Like Wind Turbine Promises to Revolutionize Wind Energy wind kite diagramby Erin Dahlstrom Almost two years after its May 2013 purchase of alternative wind energy company Makani, Google X, Google’s semi-secret “moonshots” lab announced at SXSW that they will be starting to test full-scale models of Makani’s kite-like wind turbines in April 2015 .  While wind turbines have generally been trending bigger and more expensive…
  • Repurposing virus proteins for a positive role in the placenta 1by Joseph Timpona We often think of viruses as foreign invaders– microscopic agents intent on making us sick before spreading to the next victim.  However, some viruses become enduring guests by hitchhiking a permanent ride in our genomes. In fact, scientists think that these special types of viruses, known as retroviruses, may have inadvertently allowed…
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