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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.

January 9, 2018

In a world where our careers are based on the novelty and quantity of our research, we have chosen a challenging path. Yet, we continue to ask interesting questions and refuse to let the failures ruin our excitement for scientific discovery.

December 21, 2017

It's that time of year again folks. The holidays. Catching up with family and friends, and the inevitable questions about how work is going. 

-"Still working on colon cancer?"

-"Yep."

-"Any interesting discoveries?"

-"Well, we've been looking at how this one mutation has d...

November 17, 2017

Does science make you feel like George?

Trust me, I get it. And I'm a scientist. 

With everything we hear in the news, how are we supposed to know what's real and what's not? And with scientific language complicating everything, how can we best find out for ourselves?

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