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Navigating the Storm: Understanding El Niño’s Role in Midwest Weather

By Bianca Loglisci, C2ST Intern, Loyola University

If you live in the Midwest, you may have noticed that the weather has been all over the place lately. From 70-degree days in mid-February to 20-degree days at the end of March, the fluctuating seasons may seem frustratingly unexplainable. Part of an explanation for this wacky weather falls to a natural phenomenon called El Niño.

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Blood Sugar: How it Works and Why it’s Important

By Vivienne Couris, C2ST Intern, DePaul University

The terms “blood sugar” and “insulin” are thrown around quite a bit in our world. You may have heard them mentioned in relation to certain diseases and foods, or maybe you’ve heard about how they can spike or drop. In this post, we’ll discuss what these two molecules are and what they’re responsible for in your body. We’ll also dive into how they interact with each other and work together to keep you healthy and feeling your best.
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The Dynamics of DNA: How Scientists are Translating Genes into Symphonies

By Danielle Rodriguez, C2ST Intern, Waubonsee Community College

The beat of your heart, the grumbling of your stomach, the whisper of air traveling in and out of your nose – these are all processes of the human body that we can feel and hear. But what about the processes in our body that go unheard? What about the traits that transpire before we even take our first breath; the ones that determine if our hair is curly or straight, our eyes brown or blue? These traits are determined by our DNA sequences, and scientists are creating ways to find patterns in these sequences by translating them into music.

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Diary of a Memory T cell: A Tale of Three Stem Cells

By Ariane Tsai, C2ST Intern, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Institute for Genomic Biology

In a world of modern science, few discoveries hold as much promise and intrigue as stem cells. With their remarkable ability to regenerate and repair tissues, stem cell therapy has revolutionized medical treatments ranging from liver disease to leukemia1. But have you ever wondered how these tiny yet potent entities take on these seemingly impossible tasks? Taking it one step further, how can two stem cells with the same characteristics regenerate different organs (i.e., one becoming a liver cell and another skin cell)? To understand how the cells go from stem cells to their final state, we will follow the journey of three stem cells in finding their way to fulfill their cellular fate.

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Closeup on Carp: CO2 for Ecological Innovation

By Bianca Loglisci, C2ST Intern, Loyola University

You’re likely familiar with the frowned-upon chemical compound carbon dioxide, CO2– a dangerous greenhouse gas that when released into the atmosphere in large amounts can drastically escalate the effects of climate change. But did you know that CO2 can be helpful in certain conservation efforts? Scientists have recently discovered and started implementing a new method of controlling invasive carp species in freshwater ecosystems. In some cases, CO2 may not be so bad after all!

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Ships to Shots – The Remarkable Evolution of Clinical Trials

By Sneha Das, C2ST Intern, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Clinical trials have become a widely recognized household term, particularly after the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Health Organization defines clinical trials as research that evaluates the human health outcomes of new tests and treatments like medicines, vaccines, medical devices, and surgical or behavioral procedures. This blog will take you on a fascinating journey of how clinical trials have developed over time.

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