Science Behind the Scenes: Model Organisms—The Unsung Heroes of Biomedical Research

Author: Noah Steinfeld Editors: Alex Taylor, Christina Vallianatos, and Bryan Moyers In 2001 the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to three scientists, Leland Hartwell, Tim Hunt and Paul Nurse, for their discoveries of key regulators of the cell cycle. Normally, before a cell can divide, it must undergo several phases of the cell cycle … Continue reading Science Behind the Scenes: Model Organisms—The Unsung Heroes of Biomedical Research

How fireflies illuminated our understanding of the world

By Noah Steinfeld In the early 1950s at Johns Hopkins University, William E. McElroy, a young professor, wanted to figure out what makes fireflies glow. He would pay a quarter to children in the Baltimore area for every 100 fireflies they brought him. McElroy was regarded as a curiosity in the community: the stereotype of … Continue reading How fireflies illuminated our understanding of the world

El porqué debemos preocuparnos por los efectos a largo plazo de COVID-19

Escrito por: Gabrielle Huizinga Editores: William Dean, Rebecca Dzombak y Noah Steinfeld Traducción: Cristina Maria Rios, editado por: Irene Vargas-Salazar SARS-CoV-2, el virus que causa COVID-19, apareció por primera vez en Wuhan, China en diciembre del 2019 y se esparció rápidamente hacia los Estados Unidos a principios de enero del 2020. Hasta el día de … Continue reading El porqué debemos preocuparnos por los efectos a largo plazo de COVID-19

A Lesson in Science Communication from Dr. Anthony Fauci

Written by: Alyse Krausz Editors: Sophie Hill, Lihan Xie, and Noah Steinfeld I remember thinking, “Who is this Dr. Fauci?” as he took the stage in Ohio Stadium to give the commencement speech at my college graduation ceremony. It turned out that he was the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases … Continue reading A Lesson in Science Communication from Dr. Anthony Fauci

Why We Should Be Concerned about the Long-Term Effects of COVID-19

Written by: Gabrielle Huizinga Editors: William Dean, Rebecca Dzombak, and Noah Steinfeld SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, first emerged in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and quickly spread to the United States beginning in January 2020. At the time of writing, there have been over 39 million cases worldwide with a fatality rate around … Continue reading Why We Should Be Concerned about the Long-Term Effects of COVID-19

Curbing Addiction: Buprenorphine and the Opioid Epidemic

Author: Ruiqi Tang Edited by: William Dean, Sophie Hill, and Noah Steinfeld   Less than 35% of the 2.3 million people with opioid misuse in the United States receive treatment. Opioids are a class of drugs that mask pain by interacting with opioid receptors in the brain, producing pleasurable sensations. These “euphoric” feelings can lead … Continue reading Curbing Addiction: Buprenorphine and the Opioid Epidemic

Microbial α-L-Rhamnosidase: an important enzyme for the pharmaceutical and food industries

Author: Vinita Yadav, Ph.D. Editors: Callie Corsa, Zena Lapp, and Noah Steinfeld   Molds or fungi are generally known for their pathogenic properties, but they are also used in the food and pharmaceutical industries. We can find several examples of uses in our daily lives including yeast used in brewing and baking, Aspergillus species used … Continue reading Microbial α-L-Rhamnosidase: an important enzyme for the pharmaceutical and food industries

Cuando veneno se convierte en tu medicamento para el dolor

Escrito en inglés por Attabey Rodríguez Benítez y editado por Patricia Garay, Alison Clair Ludzki y Noah Steinfeld. Traducido al español por Cristina E. María Ríos y editado por Attabey Rodríguez Benítez. Imagina que no estás en el frígido Michigan sino nadando en las cálidas aguas del Mar Caribe. El agua tibia acaricia tu piel. … Continue reading Cuando veneno se convierte en tu medicamento para el dolor

When venom becomes your painkiller

Author: Attabey Rodriguez-Benitez Editors: Patricia Garay, Alison Clair Ludzki, and Noah Steinfeld. Imagine you are not in frigid Michigan but are swimming in the warm waters of the Caribbean. The warm waters caress your skin. While you dive past a colorful reef with a plethora of fish, you see an anemone. You know you cannot … Continue reading When venom becomes your painkiller

Chaos: Not Quite (but Almost) Randomness – Part 2 of 2

Author: Feng Zhu Editors: Nayiri Kaissarian, Jimmy Brancho, and Noah Steinfeld The first part of this post explained what chaos is, how it was first discovered in studies of the solar system, and why chaotic systems can be difficult to understand. In this second part of the post, we will explore what we can do … Continue reading Chaos: Not Quite (but Almost) Randomness – Part 2 of 2