Written by: Anusha Srinivasan '24
Edited by: Elizabeth Zhang '23
Recent research into engineering nanobodies from mammals like camels, llamas, and alpacas has revealed a possible new strategy to fight emerging variants of COVID-19. The nanobodies work by making the virus unable to bind to the receptor domain on host cells which permits its entry. Their ability to do this makes these nanobodies effective against three variants of COVID-19: Alpha, Beta, and Gamma.
Written by El Hebert '24
Edited by Alyssa Steinbaum '23
At the moment of the Big Bang, the universe, and all the energy it would ever have, blasted into being. The first few minutes saw the birth of matter as atomic nuclei congealed - hydrogen and helium, the lightest elements, the stuff of stars. And then came lithium, element three. That’s where the trouble began.
Written by: Josephine Chen
Edited by: Jason Johnston
Molnupiravir is the first oral antiviral drug for COVID-19, and it is highly anticipated to improve the accessibility and efficacy of treatment for patients around the world.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is an RNA virus, which means it contains RNA as its genetic material. While DNA consists of two strands of genetic material, RNA only has one strand, which increases the mutation rate and instability of RNA viruses.
Written by: Josephine Chen '24
Edited by: Angelina Cho '24
Humans may have the capacity to regenerate tissue. Thanks to current studies with the regenerative salamander, scientists are now better understanding the mechanisms behind organ and limb regeneration, which will possibly lead to great advances in medical therapies.
Written by: El Hebert '24
Edited by: Megan List '24
All over the Earth, root systems like this one (belonging to a black locust) intertwine with helpful fungi. Ninjatacoshell, Wikimedia Commons.
In the pitch-black world beneath the soil, a hidden alliance is at work: nearly 80% of all land plants mingle their root systems with fungi, sharing resources. This intimate partnership equips the plants with the tools of survival, and likely even helped them make the first leap from sea to land.
Written by: Casey Chan '23
Edited by: Megan List '24
“What is my next step?”
This question is a constant for students, no matter what level of education they are pursuing. College students in different fields must consider a variety of options, including going to graduate school, medical school, law school, or beginning to work in a professional field. Although the choice is widely dependent on the student’s future goals, there are also certain preconceptions about each career field. Students’ goals and social pressures usually coincide to influence a student’s choice after undergraduate schooling. One of the most prominent considerations for students in science fields are graduate schools. At first, the entire idea of graduate school, and what it entails, may seem somewhat mysterious. Today, Natasha Vargo and Matt Lueckheide, two fourth-year graduate students from Professor Robinson’s inorganic chemistry lab, are here to give us the inside scoop.
Written by: Jon Zhang '24
Edited by: Owen Wogmon '23
Microorganisms, or microbes, include bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other organisms. The collection of microorganisms composing an environment is called a microbiome. In the human gut microbiome, trillions of microbes exist inside a pouch called the cecum, right at the connection between the small and large intestines .
Written by: Gyles Ward ‘21
Edited by: Casey Chan ‘23
In a world where we must choose between doctor or lawyer, chocolate or vanilla, Netflix or Hulu, must we also choose between male and female? This is the dilema facing intersex individuals today. The term intersex, coined by Richard Goldschmidt in 1917, refers to a person born with genitals or internal reproductive organs that defy classic male or female anatomies . Astoundingly, intersex babies make up 1-2 in 100 births in the U.S. alone . Despite its prevalence, intersexuality is treated like a medical anomaly and intersex individuals are shamed into silence, isolation, and conformity . If sex is nothing more than a genetic marker, why does it determine our civil liberties?
Written by: Jon Zhang '24
Edited by: Melinda Li '22
If you care about the environment, you’ve likely heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), a collection of trash more than twice the size of Texas floating in the Pacific Ocean. Carried by winds and ocean currents, plastic debris accumulates at the surface of the ocean, and the GPGP grows larger each day .
The GPGP spans over 600,000 square miles and consists of roughly 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic weighing over 88,000 U.S. tons . While these numbers already seem staggering enough, this only accounts for about 1% of all plastic that has ever entered the ocean . It is mind-boggling enough to visualize a gigantic mass of plastic floating in the ocean, but this is only a small contributor to the sheer extent of marine pollution.
Written by: Gyles Ward '21
Edited by: Alyscia Batista '23
As teenage boys anxiously await the next Yeezy drop, many Americans are longing for the day when herd immunity becomes a realization. Currently, three vaccines have been approved by the FDA for emergency use, Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson . Despite aggressive distribution approaches, Black Americans trail dangerously behind in vaccination rates . The Pew Research Center reported in December that only 42% of Black Americans would take the Covid-19 vaccine upon distribution, compared to 63% of white Americans . A well-charted history of denied healthcare and unethical experimentation has forged a contentious dynamic between Black Americans and the medical industry. To put it simply, many Black Americans don’t trust this vaccine. However, it wasn't always this way.