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Normal “healthy” variation in our genome

The human genome contains approximately 30,000 genes. Changes or mutations in the sequence of these genes can produce a different eye color, hair color, or even result in disease.These small differences are what make us who we are. Not all variations or mutations are harmful. Not all lead to the development of disease. But, how much variation in our genes exists in a healthy population? This important question has remained... Read More

Beware of fad treatments

When you are sick, you might try anything to feel better. This recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlights the importance of evidence based treatment rather then putting misplaced trust in unproven treatments. Misplaced Hopes for Curing Alzheimer’s http://www.wsj.com/articles/misplaced-hopes-for-curing-alzheimers-1433804970. While clearly this piece is focused on Alzheimer’s, the same holds true for any disease.    

Continued Push of Public Funding for Research

In the 1950s, Vannevar Bush proposed the public funding of research. He argued, and many agreed, that basic scientific research was essential for the good of the country, but it wasn’t feasible for private companies to support the effort. Basic science, or the understanding of the fundamental biology of a system that is not directly related or linked to a specific disease state, is essential. It provides the fundamentals on which disease or system... Read More

Why Study Science

Many people leave high school never wanting to think about biology or science again. It’s boring, hard, gross — just name the reason. This means that, for many, age 14 or 15 ends their exposure. Some continue into a career in science by teaching, researching, inventing, or communicating about science. While others are thrust back into science because they or a loved one gets sick. Cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, or any number of diseases... Read More

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