Once and still almost heralded at a panacea, advances in stem cell research have come reasonably far in the past few decades, illuminating our understanding of how our bodies can continually renew and heal itself. With each step further in understanding ourselves, however, we have yet to begin to understand where to draw the line between bioethics and science.
The discipline of economics can be highly mathematical, and when added to that, the need for a strong understanding of economic theory, it seems that basic economics research may be beyond undergraduate students. However, the recent article by Leong and Chiba, undergraduate students at Boston University, demonstrates that sound mathematical techniques applied to a specific theory of economics is not only possible, but can yield interesting results.
It's a place that you've been probably more than a few times. The visit could be for yourself, or a loved one, but it always seems to bring out the same twinge of anxiousness at the pit of your stomach each time you enter, sometimes more strongly than others. You know how important it is for you to make it out, but you can't help but think about where else you could be and wish that you could be there instead.
The term protein originates from πρώτα, a Greek word meaning "prota" or "of primary importance." This word, although simple, illustrates an important fact - proteins are the workhorses of all living organisms. Although they seem at first glance to be simple bio-macromolecules composed of a combination of only 20 different amino acids, proteins exhibit an astonishing array of complexity and diversity. As catalysts, scaffolds, transporters, and regulators, these molecules are the building blocks of the organic robots we know as organisms.
A spectacular, story-and-a-half sculpture by Dale Chihuly greets visitors entering the new Seay Biomedical Building on the campus of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Rising from a pool of water like a mass of shining octopus tentacles, its 1,100 pieces of bright orange, blown glass are not only excellent art forms, but they may seem to represent the vicious nature of cancer that scientists in the building are trying to cure.