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 [...]

A History of Vaccines and How they Combat Disease

2020-03-31T18:13:55-07:00 February 28th, 2020|Book Review, Science and Society|

By Vishwanath Prathikanti, Political Science ‘23 Author’s note: The anti-vaccination movement has recently gained traction with many families across the nation and I wanted to tackle the idea of anti-vaccination and where it came from. I also wanted to see if there was any credit due to the anti-vaccinators and see if there was any truth to the idea that more vaccinations might be bad.

How Are California Bears Doing?

2020-04-02T19:38:32-07:00 February 14th, 2020|Book Review|

By Timur Katsnelson, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior ‘19 Conservation biology has always been an interesting field to me. After having previously submitted two neuroscience-related articles to the Aggie Transcript, I decided to explore a new topic. The bear-sighting on campus last spring was on my mind, mainly because I began to wonder about the status of bears in our state. Given their symbolic status in California, I imagined that their conservation would be well-documented. [...]

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. [...]