“sophie zhang” (17 Results)

Our Team #2

Our Team 2020-2021 Student Editorial Team EDITORS Shivani Patel Chief Editor Shivani Patel published her first story for cSw in 2019 and shares that “the ideal mix of writing’s creativity and science’s objectivity make writing for cSw an amazing experience.” Shivani is in her senior year at Biotechnology…

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A Mysterious Sea Creature Surfaces in the Search for Spinal Cord Injury Treatments

Spinal cord injuries are much more common than one might expect. As a result, finding a cure would be life changing for millions of Americans. Dr. Michael E. Selzer has been studying this topic for nearly 40 years. He provides insight on how a cure could be developed by looking at an animal capable of repairing its own spinal cord. The sea lamprey, a species of deep sea fish, is capable of regenerating a severed or broken spine. By looking at its genome, scientists hope to one day discover a method to apply the lamprey’s healing capabilities to humans

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Man’s Best Friends May Help Us Manage Pain In People

In Brief Phantom limb pain (PLP) is a neuropathic pain felt by amputees.Companion animals may serve as good models for understanding PLP.Research is currently being conducted utilizing the connections between animals and humans to combat neuropathic pain and manage PLP According to the National Limb Loss Resource Center,…

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Printers and Organs: How 3-D Bioprinting Might End the Organ Donor Crisis

In Brief Organ donation shortages are a critical issue around the world. 3-D bioprinting is a recent technology with great potential, particularly with the advancement of biomodeling. Ethical and legal considerations will need to accompany the progression of bioprinting techniques. On average, 20 Americans die each day due…

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Diversity Within Our Veins and Arteries

According to Rose George, author of the book Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood, “We are not all actually the same under the skin.” She’s referring to the role of race in blood types and the critical necessity of blood donations from all ethnicities.

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Exercise Presents Double-Edged Sword in Addressing Opioid Addiction

In Brief Opioids are addictive drugs doctors prescribe for patients enduring significant pain. Consistent exercise can potentially help people who are addicted to opioids in weaning their use. Some rat studies show frequent exercise decreases the need for large opioid doses, but other studies show conflicting results. Story…

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Demystifying Human Behavior: Role of Primates in Understanding Mental Health

Human behaviors can be difficult to understand. Overly aggressive behaviors, extreme anxiety, and depression may be linked to cognitive issues that require intervention. Studying psychopathic traits in chimpanzees can potentially help us better assess mental health concerns. Read more to learn how this animal model plays an important role in research!

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African Spiny Mice Can Regrow Skin: A Model for Human Wound Healing

Can humans someday regenerate like the superhero Deadpool? Studies on tissue restoration in African spiny mice reveal the potential genetic origin for this extraordinary occurrence. With continued research in wound healing, the unappealing scars humans are subjected to may someday be replaced by rejuvenated skin. Check out the story for more details!

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Revolutionary Electronic Skin has Self-Healing Abilities

Self-healing skin makes regular appearances in entertainment media. But what about in real life? Researchers are developing a flexible electronic skin that can repair itself and is unaffected by water. From healthcare to robotics, this innovative material may soon bring an idea once considered pure fantasy to the real world. Check out the story for more details!

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A Sip of Medicine with Every Glass: Engineering Milk Cells to Deliver Drugs

Scientists are engineering goat milk to deliver vaccines and medicines. Research in this technique appears promising, but there are ethical and financial challenges.

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