80 students to attend March for Science
Mar13

80 students to attend March for Science

By Kayla Britt, MS&T Editor On Apr. 22, scientists and science enthusiasts from a variety of backgrounds and locations will come together to march for science. The March for Science webpage describes the march as an “international movement . . . taking place because of the simultaneous realization by thousands of people who value science in their lives that staying silent is no longer an option.” Marchers will be occurring both in...

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Colorectal cancer incidence rising among younger generations
Mar11

Colorectal cancer incidence rising among younger generations

By Aphra Murray, Staff Writer With the Relay for Life here on the Gettysburg College campus quickly approaching on March 24-25, there has been an increase in fundraising events for the most prominent forms of cancer: breast, testicular and lung cancer. New research, however, suggests that younger generations should instead be more watchful for colon and rectal cancer, with studies showing an uptick in diagnoses increasing for every...

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National Academy of Sciences endorses genome editing ‘with caution’
Mar04

National Academy of Sciences endorses genome editing ‘with caution’

By Kayla Britt, MST Editor An expert panel from the National Academy of Sciences and Medicine issued a statement on Feb. 14 advocating for the use of gene editing in cells that could be used to create embryos specifically for therapeutic purposes. Although genome editing, typically using molecular “cutting” mechanisms like CRISPR/Cas9, is not currently ready to be used in humans, the technology could be up to speed in the not so...

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Cancer treatment breakthrough due to a bacteria species
Mar04

Cancer treatment breakthrough due to a bacteria species

By Emma Gruner, Staff Writer In all of medical research, few fields have been plagued with as much frustration and angst as those involved with cancer. A disease that invades from the inside of the body outwards, cancer afflicts so many people but is still difficult and to treat. It often seems as if cancer evolved solely to thwart humanity’s greatest minds. Yet as our medical pioneers consistently show us, loopholes can always...

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Scientists engineer first human-pig hybrid embryo
Mar04

Scientists engineer first human-pig hybrid embryo

By Emma Gruner, Staff Writer The idea of a human-animal hybrid is one that usually generates a host of exotic, otherworldly images. Centaurs, mermaids, freakish mutants… all beings that one generally does not expect to encounter outside of fantasy and science fiction. In actuality, though, these hybrids may be closer to becoming a reality than previously thought. On January 26, a team of researchers at Salk Institute, led by...

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Harry Potter meets science: scientists name crab after Harry Potter character
Mar04

Harry Potter meets science: scientists name crab after Harry Potter character

By Aphra Murray, Staff Writer In the depths of the waters of Guam, scientists had discovered a translucent crab, where it has remained relatively unknown for the past sixteen years. In early 2001, an up and coming researcher named Harry Conley was scuba diving when he found this pale crab burrowed deep in reef rocks. It was on this trip that he brought two of these tiny specimens, both roughly a few millimeters across, back to a...

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