Ode to a Dreamer of Dreams

Dear Dr. Sacks, Like the late Carl Sagan, you have a gentle way of magnifying everything into brilliant resolution and reminding us of our place in the universe. I always look forward to reading your books and opinion pieces, as you put which things matter into perspective. Last month, I was quite delighted to read …

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Top Ten Favorite Scientists

I was recently asked to make a list of my top ten favorite scientists, and after some deliberation, these are the people I chose: Richard Feynman: While Feynman made outstanding contributions to our understanding of quantum physics and to the Manhattan project, he is perhaps most remembered for his teaching as evidenced by the still-beloved …

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The Sociological Perspective

This month, I am taking an introductory sociology class in preparation for the "Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior" section of the new MCAT, and it has got me thinking a lot about how genetics and sociology seem to face a lot of the same challenges when it comes to obtaining certain types of data largely …

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The Creative Power of Destruction

Today, I ran into a beloved biochemistry professor of mine at the groundbreaking ceremony for UGA's new Science Learning Center. I told him about a book I'm reading called Life Unfolding: How the Human Body Creates Itself by Jamie Davies and about how Chapter 17 began with a quote off a car bumper sticker: "Support bacteria--they're the …

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Through the Looking Glass of Science

  "The whole secret of the study of nature lies in learning how to use one's eyes." ―George Sand "To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour." ―William Blake, "Auguries of Innocence" "If you're …

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The Twice-Forbidden Fruit: A Quest to Create a Living Tree of Knowledge

Last semester in my biology lab class, my peers and I read some research on DNA sequencing as a form of information storage, including a paper from the lab of George Church. We compiled information from several sources into a research paper, and I have shared mine below: DNA’s Potential for Digital Information Storage Solutions The onset of the …

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RNAi Therapies as Possible Cure for TTR Amyloidosis and Other Diseases

TTR amyloidosis is a rare hereditary disease characterized by abnormal production of a protein called transthyretin, or TTR, which is responsible for shuttling the thyroid hormone thyroxine (T4) and retinol (an animal form of vitamin A) around the body. Hence, the name transthyretin: transports thyroxine and retinol. The defective version of the protein is unable to perform …

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