Written by: Devin Juros ‘23
Edited by: Jason Mero ‘22
When you think of death and medicine in today’s world, you might think of a frail cancer patient on their third round of chemotherapy, an elderly person experiencing a sudden heart attack, or perhaps a COVID-19 patient on a ventilator. But, is this the image that people have always conjured up when death and medicine are mentioned? Will people imagine a cancer patient when they think of death in 50 years? The reality is that medicine has transformed massively over human history, and is akin to change again. Though cancer might seem to be the scourge of society today, it certainly was not in the past and likely will not be in the future. So, what will be the next scourge?
Written By: Justin Perry
Edited By: Elana Balch
The human hand, an intricate appendage consisting of 27 joints, 34 muscles, and over 100 ligaments and tendons, is something most able-bodied people take for granted . Unfortunately, common debilitating health conditions such as cancer and cardiovascular disease have contributed to approximately 425,000 people in the U.S. currently living with arm or hand amputations, with an additional 25,000 per year . Many amputees who use conventional prostheses are unable to regain adequate hand function. However, recent advances in prosthetic technology have overcome many mechanical and cost-associated limitations and show increased promise in imitating the function of a hand.
Written by: Casey Chan
Edited by: Owen Wogmon
As businesses shut down and people retreated to their homes to wait out a global pandemic, concerned eyes watched the struggling economy. How can the economy resist collapse during such a time, and, moreover, which industries will recover once quarantine ends? These questions will remain unanswered for some time, but the current crisis has already affected some energy industries in a massive way.
Written by: Melinda Li
Edited by: Kelly Fan
For Karen Feeley, 53, speaking used to be everything. As a consultant, her workdays were packed with meetings and interactions with clients, and she was good at dealing with the pressure that came with the job. However, around 20 years ago, she started having trouble saying her own name. “I felt like — ‘Oh, my God, my career is coming to an end,” said Feeley. It took 6 years for her to receive the correct diagnosis – laryngeal dystonia (LD). 
Laryngeal dystonia, also known as spasmodic dysphonia, is a rare chronic voice disorder characterized by momentary spasms of the vocal cords. This may result in difficulty in speaking, hoarseness, and severely impacts the quality of life of affected individuals, both at work and in social settings. 
However, some patients with the disorder claim that alcohol helps reduce symptoms.
Written by: Devin Juros
Edited by: Sisasenkosi Mandi
Should animal experimentation be allowed? This question has sparked active debate for centuries, leading to a wide variety of tangential disputes. Is there any type of research in which animal experimentation should be allowed? How should animals in research be treated? What animals should and should not be experimented on? These difficult questions can dig to the core of one’s moral views. In this article, it will not be discussed whether or not animal experimentation is morally permissible, as there is not enough space to delve into this complicated problem. Instead, we will try to parse out how we view different animals in research, which can tell us something about how we view animals and their right to life. This view will be investigated through the fly (Drosophila melanogaster), an animal used by the billion in research annually with much less ethical contention than mice or monkeys.
Written by: Sarah Wornow
Edited by: Ashley Nee
Coronavirus has consumed our lives since January. The world’s top scientists and public health experts have stated that our lives won’t get back to normal until there’s a successful COVID-19 vaccine. Even though vaccines typically take years to run through clinical trials and safety tests, a few number of COVID-19 vaccines have already moved to the human trial phase. According to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation, or CEPI, there are 5 vaccines in human trials as of April 9. Another vaccine was recently approved for clinical trials, bringing the total up to 6 . However, more and more are being added to the list as more vaccines show positive results in animal testing.
Written by Devin Juros
Edited by Sisasenkosi Mandi
The year is 2050, you go to a brightly lit lab crowded with bustling scientists and shining technology scattered everywhere. After a few minutes of waiting, a scientist comes over with fifteen of the newly made LongeviPills© and says that each pill increases your lifespan by ten years. You can take some, all, or none of them, but this is your only chance to take the pills. How many LongeviPills© do you take? Would you want to live until the age of 250?
Written by: Samantha Hong
Edited by: Carlie Darefsky
In countries where foods rich in vitamins are not easily accessible, many people struggle to receive sufficient nutrients, resulting in various vitamin deficiencies. One such deficiency involves vitamin A, a vitamin crucial for maintaining one’s vision, immune system, and reproductive health. The most common effect of vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is xerophthalmia, a condition reducing visibility in low light that can lead to blindness . To combat this, scientists have turned to a developing biological technology called provitamin carotenoid biofortification.
Written by: Melinda Li
Edited by: Kelly Fan
On January 22nd, a team of French scientists from the University of Bordeaux published in the journal Acta Biomaterialia the findings of their study: “yarn” grown from human skin could be used to stitch up wounds or in tissue-engineered vascular grafts (TEVGs).
Written by: Adin Richards
Edited by: Elizabeth Zhang
The goals and commitments of the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement have been lauded as monumental first steps in rallying a global effort to address climate change and mitigate its disastrous effects . Yet, all available indications about the effects of greenhouse gas emissions point to a grim reality: even if world leaders were to fulfill every commitment laid down in the accords, it would not be enough to keep warming below the goal of two degrees celsius over the next century . Under these dire circumstances, new life has been breathed into the once distant prospect of geoengineering.