Gene editing invasive species out of New Zealand

2020-03-31T18:12:08-07:00 March 6th, 2020|Book Review, Environment, Genetics|

By Jessie Lau, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology ‘20 Author's Note: Since the advent of Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats-CRISPR Associated Protein 9 (CRISPR/Cas9) discovery and biotechnological breakthroughs thereafter, this revolutionary application has been primarily focused on human health, particularly fostering solutions to numerous debilitating ailments. However, the general public has offered little attention towards the use of this engineering feat in a broader ecological system [...]

Genetically Engineered Crops: A Food Security Solution?

2020-04-02T13:25:50-07:00 February 7th, 2020|Book Review, Environment|

By Roxanna Pignolet, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 20’ Author’s Note: Since I started working on plant metabolites as an undergraduate researcher in the Shih Lab, I’ve developed a great appreciation for the power of plant genetic engineering to address a wide variety of problems. A uniquely global and increasingly relevant concern is how to continue to feed the world’s growing population in the face of climate change. I decided to write this paper to provide a snapshot of the current research being done to innovate crop species that will survive in the face of climate change. [...]