Heart Regeneration

Heart Regeneration

When people have heart attacks, oxygen is cut off from the cells of the heart, called cardiomyocytes, and those cells consequently die. If this happened in the liver, the immune system would remove the dead cells and the surrounding cells would reproduce to replace them. But things are different in the heart. The immune system [...]

Model Organisms

Model Organisms

As you read this post remember that we love animals. We both dreamed of going to veterinary school one day, and we worked towards that goal until finding our love for research. With that love, we still accept that the use of model organisms is a critical component in advancing scientific research. It is not [...]

#SAYTHEIRNAMES

#SAYTHEIRNAMES

Today, we are taking a break from our normal introductory series post in order to take a stance against systemic racism and white supremacy within the United States. The recent events surrounding our country have left us appalled and frustrated. The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breanna Taylor and the numerous other individuals who [...]

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy

As we mentioned in part 1 of our cancer introductory series, there are multiple types of cancer treatments including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. While these treatments have been around for a long period of time, they aren’t perfect. For example, chemotherapies take a pretty messy approach- imagine if the police were okay with killing a [...]

Cancer Part 3

Cancer Part 3

Welcome back to our third (and final) cancer introductory post. As you’ve probably learned, cancer is a very common, yet complex disease, which is one of the reasons we have devoted three introductory posts to the topic. Up to this point we’ve learned some vocabulary, separated facts from fiction, learned about preventative measures as well [...]

Cancer Part 2

Cancer Part 2

Cancer Part 2- Cell cycle, oncogenes and tumor suppressors Last week we talked about the fugitive cells in our body that evade the police, gain a posse and take over. The way in which normal cells become cancer cells is through mutations. Mutations can be thought of as cancer drivers. Typically speaking, mutations can be [...]

Cancer

Cancer

Cancer Part One- An introduction CANCER. A six-letter word that can make your heart sink into your stomach. While everyone seems to be affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly, there seems to be confusion and misconceptions surrounding the disease. So here we will give a simplified definition of cancer, some basic facts, vocabulary terms, [...]