The brain is one of the most mysterious and beautiful parts of the body. The mysterious part is obvious - many consider the brain one of the last great undiscovered frontiers of science. But the beautiful part may be a little more counterintuitive.
Biochemist and neurobiologist Michael Lin is developing smart biological therapies that may finally provide the “magic bullet” for cancer. He sat down with Probe Magazine to discuss his dreams and current research projects, and give a few words of advice to STEM students.
The buzzing of mosquitos is a harbinger of summer. Long thought to harbor dangerous diseases, these pests are now being used in biomedical research to treat a host of deadly illnesses. In 2010, a group of Japanese researchers at Jichi Medical University attached SP15, a vaccine against Leishmaniasis, to the promoters of the mosquito genome that turn off saliva-producing genes.
Short for “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats”, CRISPR is a DNA-based system that allows the user to have unparalleled control and precision in genome editing. CRISPR applications are constantly being refined as new research, particularly from Stanford, helps increase our understanding of this system.