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On Thursday, July 25th, Curious Science Writers visited the National Institutes of Health (NIH) headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland to learn about cutting-edge research from scientists themselves and to understand the role that animals play.
cSw staffers joined hundreds of New Jersey high school girls at Rutgers to explore pathways to STEM careers in the biological sciences.
cSw’s First Joint Webinar Explores STEM, Technology and Enterprise Development. A post-webinar report from moderator Akila Saravanan.
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“Alligator pie, alligator pie, If I don’t get some I think I’m gonna die.” Sound far-fetched? Based on new research from George Mason University, this rhyme from Dennis Lee’s children’s book, “Alligator Pie,” may not be so far from the truth. Learn how the American alligator is fighting infection, one peptide at a time.
Scientists from Boston Children’s Hospital are investigating a gene therapy treatment to treat Usher syndrome, a genetic condition that causes deafness and blindness.
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is largely responsible for irreversible hearing damage. NIHL can be caused by a one-time exposure to a loud sound or continued exposure to high-decibel noises. Researchers at the University of Iowa are now turning to the common fruit fly to study and combat NIHL in humans. The fruit fly is the ideal animal model because the molecular structure of its ear is more similar to humans than that of rats or guinea pigs, meaning tests on fruit flies yield more accurate results.
Many elderly people suffer from osteoporosis, the significant bone loss that can increase the risk of fracture. This disease affects more than 10 million Americans and is the underlying cause behind 1.5 million fractures every year. Rather than develop osteoporosis, black bears’ bodies have made evolutionary adjustments to prevent bone loss during disuse and a team of research scientists have been investigating the secret behind the integrity of bears’ bones.
Characterized in film and media as ferocious and malicious creatures, sharks ignite our basic survival instincts: kill or be killed. However, antibodies in the blood of these ocean carnivores could lead to a new treatment for breast cancer, the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the United States.