Immunology

Immunology

Chances are you had a cold over the winter (maybe even the flu!) or you’re currently experiencing seasonal allergies. Whether it’s a cold or allergies, the immune system is at work.  Immunology is the study of the immune system. We can think of the immune system as the body’s police. Much like police, the immune [...]

Cell Signaling

Cell Signaling

In our introduction of cells a few weeks ago, we discussed how the different types of cells have specific jobs. These cells make up our entire body, but how do the cells in our kidneys know when they need to retain more water to increase blood pressure for the heart?     Cells must be able to [...]

Proteins

Proteins

From last week we know that genes are recipes written out with nitrogen bases, but who reads these recipes and what gets made?  First, let’s talk a little bit more about the structure of a gene. Genes are made of DNA that have two distinct parts, introns and exons, typed out in a repeating pattern [...]

Genes

Genes

I'm sure that most of you have heard of genes and DNA, maybe in the context of getting traits from your parents or maybe only in the classroom. Some of you may have even sequenced your own DNA through Ancestry or 23andMe! Genes are located within DNA and they act as instructions (recipe cards) to [...]

Cells

Cells

Welcome to the first post of our introductory series! Over the next 8-10 weeks, we will be launching weekly posts introducing you to (or refreshing your memories on) fundamental aspects of science. We hope that these posts will allow you to become familiar with some of the terminology and scientific principles before we dive into [...]

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

The coronavirus, or COVID-19, is changing our lives daily. In December 2019, we began hearing about the viral outbreak in China but never imagined the dramatic impact it would have on the world in just three short months. While we know most people reading this have heard of the pandemic, there is a lot of [...]