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Forget What You Know About Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the sixth-leading cause of death among adults in the US. Its progression is devastating: the brain slowly deteriorates,...

Fanning the flames

In recent years, it feels like we have watched parts of the world be swallowed whole by fire, painting a very apocalyptic picture of...

Double Merle Dogs

Dog coats come in a seemingly endless variety of patterns, lengths, textures and colors, determined by their genetic makeup. Just 8-14 different...

The Dilution Effect: Placebo or Panacea?

For a long time, ecologists have asked: why are there so many species? How is it possible that there can be so many species...

This looks familiar…

How many times has this happened to you before? You walk into a room–it could be one...

Salty soils: a ‘growing’ issue for agriculture

When you think of salt, your mind likely wanders to the last bit of food you seasoned. We all know salt improves the taste...

Saving more than just seeds, in situ

While I’m often left paralyzed by apple choice in Kroger, I know the breadth of options at grocery stores mask a far different reality:...

Microbial mania on Mars

At the Kennedy Space Center, NASA is finalizing preparations to launch the Mars 2020 rover in July. One of the aims of...

The bemusing tale of ‘pant pockets’

I have always wondered: why do I keep losing my phone, keys and other belongings? I have...

To be genetically illiterate in the genomic age

What if I told you that the source code, or genomes, for many living organisms is available for free online? Would it surprise you?...

Medicine

What your mama (mostly) gave you

Anyone who knows me knows that mitochondria are pretty much my life. My Ph.D. focuses on making these little cellular power plants...

Psychedelics: from poison to antidote

The term psychedelics, or hallucinogens, describes a class of drugs that produce significantly altered perception when ingested. Due to their ability to cause lasting...

Diving into the Homo-Delphinus connection

Humans have shared a special bond with a certain animal since the time of Aristotle. Artworks as early as 1500 BC depicted...

The Fault in Our Epigenome: The science behind aging

From the Yoruba tradition of throwing cowrie shells, to the Roma fortune tellers peering at palms, people throughout history have wondered if...