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A Genetic Explanation for the Process of Aging

Genes direct the process of autophagy, a cellular degradation mechanism that is essential for destroying dysfunctional proteins, but can go awry as an organism ages. 
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A Genetic Explanation for the Process of Aging Sam Neff ’21 / Biological Sciences, News, Fall 2017 / September 24, 2017 A recent study from the Institute of Molecular Biology in Mainz, Germany examining the genome of the nematode C. elegans has yielded a significant discovery. Researchers studied certain aging-related […]

Ancient DNA Explains Human Origins and Prehistory

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Caption: Researchers at Harvard Medical School recently sequenced DNA samples from 15 humans from Sub-Saharan Africa to reconstruct the distribution and diversification of humans across the African continent between 1,000-8,000 years ago.

Ancient DNA Explains Human Origins and Prehistory By Bradley Fox, ‘21 Genetic information from fifteen different Ancient African individuals living between 1,000 and 8,000 years ago has given modern researchers key information on the migration patterns of ancient humans (1, 2). A recent study, released in the journal Cell on […]

Why Poison Frogs Don’t Poison Themselves

A picture of the poison frog, Epipedobates anthonyi, seen in Germany (Source: Wikimedia Commons, by H. Krisp).

Why Poison Frogs Don’t Poison Themselves By Amanda Jiang ’21 Summary: Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have recently discovered how the specific epibatidine toxin receptor interacts with epibatidine through studying its presence in Epipedobates anthonyi frogs. The epibatidine receptor has been found to be in the same […]

Researchers Develop Artificial Skin That Senses Touch

Artificial skin, developed by researchers at the University of Houston, allows a robot hand to distinguish between hot and cold temperatures. The image above is a simulated robotic hand. (Image Source: Pixabay)

Researchers Develop Artificial Skin That Senses Touch Rachael Chacko ‘21 Artificial skin, developed by researchers at the University of Houston, allows a robot hand to distinguish between hot and cold temperatures. The image above is a simulated robotic hand. (Image Source: Pixabay) Researchers at the University of Houston have developed artificial […]

New Map of Moon Yields Both Questions and Potential Solutions

The Moon Mineralogy Mapper () located on India’s Chandrayaan-1 took infrared reflectance measurements of the Moon, allowing researchers from Brown University to develop a global map showing the amount of water throughout the lunar soil. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

New Map of Moon Yields Both Questions and Potential Solutions By Saeed Juggan ‘21 The Moon has been the focus of numerous expeditions and studies. Almost a decade ago, researchers discovered the hydrogen-bearing molecules, water and hydroxyl ion, on the Moon. This discovery was made possible by the collection and […]

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