The Minimalist Cell

As scientists, we like to assign function to structure. With the human genome, however, this association becomes difficult. The human genome is 3 billion base pairs long, but only 1.5% of the genome actually codes for protein. Some unknown part of the noncoding 98.5% of the human genome is involved…

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The Impacts of Soylent on the Human Gut Microbiome: Berkeley’s New Student Organization “Mycrobes” Launches a Research Study

Typically, we judge how “healthy” a food product is by looking at the nutritional label. However, the chemical composition of food (e.g. amount of fat, salt, or sugar) and its caloric content alone do not provide a complete picture of its dietary effects. Recent research [1] indicates that diet can…

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Increasing the Human Brain Memory Capacity: Drugs that Enhance Norepinephrine and Dopamine Functionality in the Prefrontal Cortex

The human brain is the single most complex structure known to man in the entire universe. Humans have surpassed all other life forms on Earth owing to the power of the human brain. However, there is always the constant drive to reach even greater heights. Questions such as “What is…

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Attack of the Zika

The human body is an impeccable machine made of tiny, living particles that compose every part of our physical existence – cells. Without our conscious thought, our cells produce the necessary proteins, enzymes, and hormonal responses that allow us to function normally on a daily basis. In comes the virus…

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