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The Case for Dancing with Illnesses

When we think about the prehistoric ages, we imagine cavemen, igloos, and mediocre broken speech. However, scientists worldwide have voiced that there is reason to suggest dancing was in the mix. Professor Richard Ebstein of the psychology department at the Hebrew University‘s Scheinfeld Center for Genetic Studies believed that dancing is an activity humans were…

The 30-year Quest for the Leishmaniasis Vaccine

Hidden in tropical regions, there exists an ancient plague that can “… eat away your nose and lips until they fall off and leave your face an open weeping sore” (1). This plague is Leishmaniasis, a thousand-year-old human disease that has repeatedly proven its resilience to effective treatment or prevention. In the present day, Leishmaniasis…

Animals Behind the Scenes: Model Organisms

For hundreds of years, people have looked to animals and plants to explain elusive human phenomena. Aesop’s fables and ancient texts highlight the extent of this human-animal relationship. In these didactic stories, the whimsical portrayal of animals and plants is used to illustrate and concretize human action. Aside from human imagination, animals and plants have…

A Crash Course on Immunotherapy

Our immune system has amazing capabilities. From macrophages that ‘eat’ microbes to plasma cells which produce specific antibodies, numerous cell types work in conjunction to eliminate pathogens from the body. Equipped to target a wide range of foreign threats, the immune system’s T cells are especially powerful and adaptable, even able to recognize internal danger…

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