Written by Ashley Nee, ‘22
Edited by Jess Seveston
Since its discovery by Alois Alzheimer in 1906, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has frustrated scientists and physicians alike. The cause of this memory-robbing illness as well as the development of a therapeutic treatment to either stop or reverse its effects remain elusive.  Several hypotheses point to or include genetic differences as a part of the disease etiology. A recent study implicates five new genomic loci in causing AD.  Published in Nature Genetics, it is the largest of any investigation into the genetic factors underlying AD.
By Kaitlyn Lew '20
“WARNING: May contain peanuts,” reads the label. Every person with a food allergy is familiar with the sinking feeling of reading the allergen-containing food label, including me. Although it is important to scrutinize the ingredients of all foods for certain allergens to avoid adverse, life-threatening reactions, there are also strict restrictions on an individual's food options and behaviors that may divide social circles. People with severe food allergies often have limited food choices. Moreover, children and young adults while growing up may also be prohibited from sitting with friends at other tables for fear of inadvertent allergen exposure and are thus prevented from entering such foodie social circles.
By Rishi Patel, '21
Edited by Rahul Jayaram, '21
Cancer is an exceptionally significant disease in today’s world. Based on data from the National Cancer Institute, the incidence of cancer in 2011-2015 is 439.2 cases per 10,000 people . A prominent method used in cancer treatment has been to identify oncogenes – genes that can change a normal cell into a tumor cell when exposed to particular conditions . The methods to identify oncogenes till now have had certain limitations, however, researchers at the University of Queensland and Albert Einstein College of Medicine have collaborated to develop an innovative, statistical method, Oncomix, that identifies oncogenes in a way that could overcome these limitations.
Written by Holly Zheng, '22
Edited by Shailen Sampath, '20
If you read to Alexa the headline “China proposes removal of two-term limit, potentially paving way for Xi to remain president” in a standard American accent, Alexa will mostly understand your sentence with few mistranscriptions of words.
If you read the same headline to her in a non-native English accent, however, she will think that you said: “China proposes removal of two time limit for ten shirley pain way folks eight remind president.” 
By Malika Ramani '21
Edited by Jess Sevetson
Traditional open-heart surgery is both invasive and dangerous, and yet for many patients, it has been the go-to option for valve replacement. Two recent large clinical trials, however, have proven that a far less invasive – albeit “daring” procedure – may lead to better outcomes for a wide range of patients with cardiovascular complications.
Written by Sumaiya Sayeed, '19.5
Edited by Lauren Anderson, '21
In a sample of many types of cells amidst a body of fluid, it can be difficult to capture the tiny objects for diagnostic purposes. What if we could squeeze these cells through tiny pores? Researchers have done just that.
By Malika Ramani '21
Edited by Jessica Sevetson
According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults between the ages of 18 and 64 should sleep between 7 and 9 hours per night.  Yet almost all adults have experienced it: an insanely busy week when sleep is temporarily relegated to the back burner. Many of us then hit the snooze button once Saturday rolls around, convincing ourselves that we are taking care of our bodies by sleeping in to make up for several days of sleep deprivation. The results of a recent study, however, suggest quite the opposite – that sleeping in on weekends can actually have a detrimental effect upon health and disrupt our quality of sleep during the work week. 
By Ethan Thio '22
Edited by Ishaani Khatri ‘21
Significant problems often have clear, obvious causes. But they also can have more insidious, hidden roots, that if left unaddressed, can be disastrous. Antibiotic resistance is a serious global health concern driven by the growth of new forms of bacteria, which are resistant to conventional antibiotic therapies. This resistance endangers the future effectiveness of antibiotic drugs that are critical to modern healthcare. Already, the CDC estimates that 2 million people are affected by antibiotic resistant bacteria, and 23,000 die each year. In the case of antibiotic resistance, the public and scientific community has been focused on a seemingly obvious culprit: the overuse and overprescription of antibiotic drugs. Unnecessary use of antibiotic drugs allows for more bacteria to be exposed to antibiotics. This kills many bacteria, but also allows resistant bacteria to develop, grow, and multiply. While this concern in antibiotic overuse is well placed, antibiotic resistance is being enhanced by an additional, lesser known cause: river runoff.
Written by Wonyoung Lee ('22)
Edited by Hannah Ngo ('21)
Have you ever had chicken that felt terribly overcooked or undercooked and immediately thought “How cheap is this meat?” or “How terrible is the cook?” A Washington Post article called “Fast-Growth Chickens Produce New Industry Woe: ‘Spaghetti Meat’” explains that the Chicken industry is investing $200 million to solve the woody and spaghetti chicken breast problem. 
by Zachary Jordan '21
The biotechnology industry is, by and large, dominated by large companies and people who have spent their entire lives (and many years’ worth of education) becoming the foremost experts in their given fields (4). In a recent survey of biomedical engineers, nearly 20 percent of respondents indicated that a doctorate was required for their position, and a full 35 percent asserted that a master’s degree was necessary (5). The field is heavily regulated and often requires millions of dollars upfront to develop and test a drug or device. By many, it is described as one of the hardest fields to become a part of – entering the market takes tenacity, good lab results, a little bit of luck, and many, many late nights (6). But for some, passion for science and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of thousands of people drives the development of life-changing technology.