The voiceless narration of a life: what is it like to not have an inner monologue?

By Effie Eshetu “Please be quiet, I can’t hear myself think!” This colloquial saying sounds completely logical to most of us. However, to others, upon a little dissection, it may seem semantically dissonant, and even nonsensical. This is because some individuals actually cannot, regardless of how quiet the room is, hear themselves think (Epting, 2020).Continue reading “The voiceless narration of a life: what is it like to not have an inner monologue?”

Hair-bearing skin organoids offer valuable insights into human skin development and pathology

By Yeji Hong A new approach to curing baldness may be on the horizon, as researchers have successfully produced hair-bearing skin organoids. Skin organoids are 3D cell culture models composed of layers of epithelial cells, called epidermal and dermal layers, and these organoids are made with the intent to mimic the function and structure ofContinue reading “Hair-bearing skin organoids offer valuable insights into human skin development and pathology”

COVID-19 therapies: where do we stand?

By Sarah Thomas The development of a vaccine against COVID-19 is being pursued at an unprecedented pace. Nevertheless, the release date for a vaccine is a topic of ongoing speculation. Thus, it remains a priority to determine appropriate therapies for the treatment of COVID-19. Throughout the pandemic, many drugs have been repurposed to determine theirContinue reading “COVID-19 therapies: where do we stand?”

Future of Medicine: Pills or Cells?

By Andrea Flores The history of medicine has found fascinating discoveries made by prominent figures such as Edward Jenner and Alexander Fleming (Hajar, 2015). It may be argued that the approach scientists have had over the centuries towards the treatment of illnesses and disease over centuries has been relatively consistent over the centuries: artificial orContinue reading “Future of Medicine: Pills or Cells?”

An Introduction to Cancer Metabolism and its Importance in Therapy

By Hung-Hsi (Chelsea) Chen   People say that cancer is triggered by mutations in cells, which eventually lead to uncontrolled cell proliferation.  However, DNA mutations occur all the time, even up to a trillion mutations a day.  To come up with treatments, it is imperative to understand how cancer cells  differ from normal cells, in termsContinue reading “An Introduction to Cancer Metabolism and its Importance in Therapy”

A potential link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s

Isabelle Hall For decades, the predominant hypotheses for the cause of Alzheimer’s disease have centred around the accumulation of amyloid and tau protein in the brain. Research into Alzheimer’s treatments have focused on the amyloid hypothesis. This theory postulates that a failure to degrade amyloid β peptides, and consequentially the formation of amyloid fibrils andContinue reading “A potential link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s”

Aducanumab: a controversial Alzheimer’s drug under FDA review

By Qinyi Wang + Kah Yan Biogen has recently announced that their approval application for aducanumab, an immunotherapeutic drug aimed at halting the progression of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), has been controversially accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with priority review. This review will shed light on the potential of aducanumab in AD therapy and examine the clinical trial data that has broughtContinue reading “Aducanumab: a controversial Alzheimer’s drug under FDA review”

Tackling antibiotic resistance using phage therapy

By Shivani Raja Antibiotics are the current primary treatment for bacterial infection. Increased antibiotic exposure has encouraged the growth of resistant bacterial strains, and hence created a demand for new antibiotic drugs to tackle these strains. Phage therapy, a treatment utilising the antibacterial properties of microscopic viruses called bacteriophages, may be a potential antibiotic alternative. Continue reading “Tackling antibiotic resistance using phage therapy”

The solution to a worldwide organ shortage: 3D bioprinting

 By Cristina Riquelme Vano Over 120,000 people in the US are on a waiting list for organs, and many others experience the long-term damaging effects of post-transplant immunosuppression (National Kidney Foundation, 2020).The growing need for an alternative procedure to organ replacement has brought together a multidisciplinary team of researchers and bioengineers to develop a promisingContinue reading “The solution to a worldwide organ shortage: 3D bioprinting”

Locust swarms: the plague overshadowed by COVID-19

By Yun Son The year 2020 has been one of the most chaotic and challenging years in the past few decades. Globally, many governments are presently facing numerous catastrophic disasters, notably the COVID-19 pandemic, multiple economic recessions and social-conflict crises. Among this flurry of problems is an  issue that has managed to go fairly unnoticed,Continue reading “Locust swarms: the plague overshadowed by COVID-19”