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Science Demystified

 

December 13, 2018

Who am I?

Where in the world do I come from?

What is my ancestry?

Questions about our history and family history are all tied to our identities. 

And the answers to these questions can be found in our DNA. 

Now that the holidays are around the corner, you've probably seen o...

October 17, 2018

When we hear the words "cancer diagnosis", the first things we want to know are the chances. 

The chances of survival, or the chances that a certain treatment will or won't work.

We know about these chances today because of cancer researchers and the work they have done...

August 24, 2018

We all have the same questions about cancer: What is it and how does it develop? Is it genetic? Is it environmental? Is there any way I can prevent it?

July 25, 2018

Choosing between pain and surgical management or surgical sterilization is not a reasonable choice. So what is being done to study endometriosis and improve the options?

May 10, 2018

Is your period pain disrupting your day? Have you missed work or school because of the pain? Have you been told this intense pain is normal?  

If not you, then it's likely you know someone who suffers from abnormally painful periods.

While a woman's period is rarely...

April 26, 2018

Researchers at the University of Southern California have engineered an eye implant that has reportedly stabilized the vision of four patients with advanced age-related macular degeneration.

April 5, 2018

How has cancer affected your life?

These days, we have all been touched by this horrible disease in some way - we may have personally been through a diagnosis, or watched family or friends struggle with it. 

As a cancer researcher, part of my job is to learn how can...

March 22, 2018

“Nothing is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”

Marie Curie, an amazing two-time Nobel Prize winner, stated beautifully how we fear what we don’t understand. 

Science faces a lot of scrutiny, mist...

February 16, 2018

 Two macaque monkey clones, named Zhong Zhong (ZZ) and Hua Hua (HH). Image from original publication. Liu et al., Cell, 2018.

In the days where science fiction stories seem to keep becoming reality, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein turns 200 years old and scientist...

February 1, 2018

Chances are if you’re reading this you have perfect vision, maybe with the help of glasses or contacts. But now imagine that this is not the case.

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