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Science, Trust, and Pixie Dust: Stem ...

In a culture obsessed with aging (or more accurately, not aging), stem cells are a sensation. From anti-wrinkle creams to hormonal supplements to extensive surgical procedures,(1) it feels like we’ve already explored everything short of time travel to cling to vitality. But now, we’ve come even further. Scientists can culture cells capable of regenerating nearly […]

Treating Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuri...

   Traumatic spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are significant causes of mortality and neurological morbidity that impose extensive psychological and economic strain on patients and health care systems. According to the most recent statistical report of the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Centre (NSCISC) there are about 17,500 new cases of spinal cord injury each year […]

Stem Cells: Realizing the Search for ...

   In a world driven by Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook, it is not surprising to see photos of family members post a Go-Fund-Me for a disabled child, see an advertisement pop up to donate money to a hospital, or share a video on a new experimental procedure in Phase I clinical trials. It is clear […]

“i before E?”: The Battle...

  Cartoon: “National Spotlight,” Antara Rao.   A pluripotent stem cell is a cell that can 1) self-renew and 2) differentiate into any cell in the body. For decades, the only pluripotent cell scientists could study were embryonic stem cells (ESCs), derived—as the name suggests—from rejected embryos thrown out by in vitro fertilization clinics. Despite […]

The Resilience of Brain Cancer: Gliob...

Glioblastomas are one of the most aggressive and commonly occurring brain tumors (1) Patients diagnosed with glioblastomas have a life expectancy of about fourteen months with medical treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Although common and lethal, the causes of glioblastomas and effective treatments still remain unclear to the medical field. In fact, one […]

Understanding the Regenerating Salama...

The axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) is a salamander best known for its remarkable regenerative capabilities. It is able to regenerate complex anatomical structures such as limbs and the spinal cord. This ability has prompted decades of research into the mechanisms governing the vertebrate body-part regeneration, yielding valuable insight into the molecular actors involved in this phenomenon. […]

Beyond the Band-Aid: Nerve Regenerati...

Nerves are incredibly difficult to regrow and, perversely, easy to injure. Just one slip of a cooking knife can sever a digital nerve, leaving a finger or few paralyzed; a motorcycle accident can cut off lack of sensation in one leg. And in most cases, as the injured neuron struggles to grow back, recovery is […]

CSI: Cancer Stem cells and Inflammati...

Liver cancer is an effective killer. In fact, it’s more effective than human killers: the number of people who die of liver cancer every year is twice the number of reported murders in the United States.(1)(2) Why is this disease so deadly? Ironically, for some types of liver cancer, scientists believe the key to its lethal […]

Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internshi...

Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internship

I had spent the first two summers of my undergraduate career conducting research at the University of Toronto, my home university. By the time December of my third year rolled around, I knew that I wanted to experience science in another country. As a result, I applied to several abroad summer research programs, one of […]