Exon Skipping Therapy

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a lethal genetic disorder that shortens patients’ lifespans and results in progressive skeletal and cardiac muscle degeneration. The symptoms emerge at the onset of muscle growth in boys 2-5 years old. They grow up bound to wheelchairs and ventilators, and eventually succumb to an early death after cardiac failure (2)….

Gun Violence and Public Health: For Our Lives, Lives Lost and Lives Forgotten

Seventeen dead in Parkland. Twenty-six dead in Sutherland. Forty-nine dead in Orlando.  Twenty-seven dead at Sandy Hook. Fifty-eight dead in Las Vegas. As death tolls continue to climb and the frequency of mass shootings increase, gun violence has become one of the leading causes of premature death, killing more than 30,000 people and causing nearly…

Diagnosing the Cancer of the Future

Society often speaks about cancer as a collection of conditions that cannot be strung together perfectly without needing more knowledge than what seemingly exists. Movies often display extreme cases of health conditions in patients combined with extremely futuristic diagnostic and treatment plans. More often than not, society dismisses these as the treatments of the future…

The Price of Tomorrow’s Plague

The day-to-day grind of saving the world is not glamorous. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a sizeable portion of the work involves testing samples from receiving centers, crunching data and finding out if a grocery store’s brussel sprouts or chicken salad has caused the latest salmonella outbreak. Such mundane work in…

Mosaic: The Global Vaccine

On the eve of the 2017 World AIDS day, the Janssen Vaccines & Prevention Subdivision of Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical company, along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced the launch of the Imbokodo vaccine trial. The Imbokodo study will test the efficacy of a promising HIV…

CAR T-Cell Therapy

Cancer operates stealthily, overtaking body systems via hijacking formerly healthy cells, and propagating endless, devastating effects throughout the body. Until recently, there was slim hope for the body itself to recognize and eliminate the assailant cells. However, with the emergence of chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy, or CAR T-cell therapy, cancer’s undoing may be on…

The Microbiome

From the late 19th century through the 20th century, scientists and physicians have characterized diseases that afflict humans as illnesses caused by germs. Contracting these diseases can be avoided by disinfecting. In the case that we do contract these pathogen caused diseases, doctors are trusted to identify the germ and propose a respective solution.  Discovery…

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