Innovation

A Spoonful of Sugar

In clinical trials that uphold the gold standard of double blind placebo controls, an inert pill is compared to the tested drug to measure the efficacy of the tested drug. If the efficacy of a tested drug is not determined to work better than the placebo, then the drug is not considered effective. Because a…

Phantom Limbs: The Missing Link

Scientists, researchers, and physicians alike still have not been able to pinpoint the precise cause of phantom pain, a term coined by Silas Weir Mitchell in 1871. Phantom limb is used to reference a syndrome in which patients experience pain or other sensations originating from a nonexistent limb. There may also be discrepancies between the…

Yeast: The New Marijuana?

The process of fermentation has been around for centuries – most notably in the production of beer and bread. Most biology textbooks would describe this process as the anaerobic conversion of simple sugars into carbon dioxide and ethanol by yeast, but scientists have begun to untap a whole new potential for what fermentation can construct….

The Dynamic Brain

  In the film Lucy, a student asks his professor “… what would happen if … somebody unlocked one hundred percent of the cerebral capacity?”  While the professor replies “I don’t know,” the informed reader of this article might scoff and respond: “Dude, that myth is absurd.”  The myth in question is the so-called “ten…

CRISPR-Cas9: Harbinger of Human Gene Editing and Its Ethical Turmoil

Last April, a group of geneticists at Sun Yat-sen University in China published a paper describing their attempt to alter the genomes of human embryos using CRISPR-Cas9, a powerful new gene editing technology. The embryos possessed mutant copies of beta-globin, a gene that normally helps produce hemoglobin but in its mutant form causes beta-thalassemia, a…

Bionic Treatments and Mind-Controlled Medicine

Despite centuries of technological advancement, modern medicine treats almost all diseases with the same fundamental process. A problem is identified, then diagnosed. An intervention is performed to solve the problem, and the patient returned to normal. This procedure works well when a virus can be easily destroyed, or a tumor simply removed, and as technology…

IUDs: The Next Generation’s Birth Control

While “The Pill” launched a sexual revolution, the more enigmatic intrauterine device (IUD) has been mostly relegated to a place of obscurity or distrust. However, the IUD offers liberation from taking thousands of pills over the course of five or ten years. The Pill releases estrogen and progesterone throughout your entire body; one IUD on…

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