If you had the choice to learn whether or not you have the mutation for Huntington’s Disease, would you want to know? Would you live your life differently? Would you see the world with new eyes? The choice to undergo genetic testing is a deeply personal one. Many individuals have no interest in obtaining their genetic information, believing the results they receive may negatively affect their daily lives: bringing depression and anxiety rather than clarity.
An hour west of Los Angeles, the University of California, Riverside safeguards a golden treasure. Neat rows of green trees carry bright, vibrant medallions in many shades of yellow and orange. The Citrus Variety Collection, curated by Tracy Kahn, is a 22.3 acre orchard whose riches are not precious metals, but delicious, tangy fruit.
Americans buy bananas in larger quantities than apples and oranges combined. However, this favorite potassium-filled fruit could soon go extinct. Panama disease, caused by a new strain of fungus called Tropical Race 4 (TR4), is slowly spreading around the world and causing entire crops of bananas to be eradicated.
Evolution runs on the principle of “survival of the fittest”- individuals that are better suited to their environment will be able to survive and reproduce more successfully. Following this logic, […]
References: Source 1, Source 2, Source 3, Source 4, Source 5 The music in this podcast was provided by https://soundcloud.com/maverick_xander. About the Author Tyus Williams is an Undergraduate student at UGA studying […]
Let’s pretend we’re back in the fourth grade. We shuffle into the science classroom toting our keychain laden backpacks, and then suddenly we’re filled with excitement! We’ve spotted the boxy […]
Imagine a future where procreation happens in a laboratory, and not in the bedroom. Scientists derive embryos from a simple skin sample. Children are screened prenatally for any number of […]
Some of the most powerful things are quite small: a microscopic virus can defeat an elephant; Giant Redwoods grow from tiny seeds; a computer chip the size of your fingernail […]
It wasn’t that long ago when scientists discovered the key to what makes us who we are. We’re familiar with deoxyribonucleic acid (better known as DNA) as the molecule responsible […]
SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST. Are you picturing a desperate struggle for life in the depths of the darkest jungle? Two tigers are chasing an antelope, all three of them fighting […]