Can You Teach an Old Gene New Tricks?

By Grishma GuptaBMSIS Young Scientist Program Evolution explains how living things change over successive generations, giving rise to diversity. Across the evolutionary history of Earth, the formation, changes, and extinction of species have been observed. Even though evolution happens very slowly, we see evidence of its action in the shared traits among seemingly unrelated species […]

Copper Content of Ancient Egyptian Ink May Help Us (Literally) Piece Together Egyptian History

Modern pen and paper has an ancient ancestor – ink and papyrus. Around 5,000 years ago, ancient Egyptians invented arguably one of the most important tools of civilized life, and their technology allowed people to communicate across vast distances for the first time. They cleverly harnessed the soot produced from the manufacturing of copper-containing ores […]

Edible Food Packaging May Cut Down on Waste

Have you ever been pre-occupied and taken a bite out of something, only to get a mouthful of plastic wrap or paper lining? Well in the future, that bite could be as edible and maybe as delicious as the food itself! The world currently uses and throws away tons of plastic every day, for example, […]

New Knowledge on Viral Infections and Bone Fractures

A quarter of patients who are infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the United States are also infected with Hepatitis C virus (HCV). When a person is infected with more than one virus, it is called a co-infection. Co-infected individuals have greater health problems than if they were just infected with just HIV or […]

Transparent Brains Are Science, Not Fiction

Stanford University The innately curious nature of the human race is likely not a surprise to most of us. The saying “curiosity killed the cat” is a phrase we hear a lot. It may seem to imply that curiosity is a bad thing. However, this assumption is soon corrected upon learning the punchline of this […]