The Nose Knows: Animals Sniff Out Cancer

Recently, in an article in the New Republic, ‘The Animals That Can Save Your Life’, journalist Emma Young introduces readers to the emerging science of training animals to detect things humans cannot. Having a powerful sense of smell can be very important in nature. Scent can signal food, danger, or the opportunity to mate. Some […]

Obama’s Cancer Initiative and Animal Research

Obama’s Cancer Initiative and Animal Research

During his recent 2016 State of the Union Address, President Obama took aim at cancer. Promising to “make America the country that cures cancer once and for all,” the President tapped Vice-President Biden to lead the national effort that will focus on immunotherapy, genomics, and combination therapies to “make a decade worth of advances in […]

Autism: Zebrafish Helping to Find Answers

Autism: Zebrafish Helping to Find Answers

Scientists are using zebrafish to understand more about two important genes associated with autism spectrum disorder. The two genes, SHANK3 and SYNGAP1 contributed to the development of autism when they were knocked out by the scientists. The researchers found that these fish showed developmental delays and abnormal behavior. The research shows that mutations and disruptions […]

As Different As Night and Day

As Different As Night and Day

What is your chronotype? Are you a morning person or a night owl? Recent studies suggest that night owls may be predisposed to obesity as well as depression. Researchers at the University of Leicester in the UK have narrowed it down to eighty genes in the fruit fly that are very similar to humans. They […]