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Schizophrenia, which currently affects around one percent of the American population, is possibly one of the most puzzling mental health disorders. Essentially, it is a complex biochemical brain disorder that affects the way that you perceive and interact with the world around you. It can affect anyone, and does not have a cure.
A study at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Medical Science, measured the correlation between sleep quality and the different subtypes of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Researcher, Sun Young Rosalia Yoon, expected that sleep quality and ADHD would be correlated due to the effects of sleep deprivation, such as deficits in cognitive functions; such effects are also evident in those with ADHD.
On January 26, 2017, a team led by Dr. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies successfully created pig embryos that had the potential to generate human organs. The team’s experimental results marked a key development in the artificial generation of chimeras, which are organisms that derive cells from various other embryos. Harnessing the full potential of artificial organ development would help many patients and hospitals that face organ donor shortages.
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Oncologist Lu You’s research group at Sichuan University injected a patient with CRISPR modified cells on November 15, marking the first time CRISPR gene-editing has been tested in a human. The team delivered modified cells into a patient suffering from aggressive lung cancer as part of their clinical trial at the West China Hospital in Chengdu. The study stands as a key milestone in the CRISPR revolution, which began in 2013 with the discovery of CRISPR’s genome editing potential.
Author: Adam Zhang
Earlier this month, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics to David J. Thouless, F. Duncan M. Haldane, and J. Michael Kosterlitz “for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter." Though currently affiliated with the University of Washington, Brown University, and Princeton University, respectively, the British-born physicists were honored for work conducted in the 1970s, which revolutionized our understanding of exotic states of matter and created new perspectives on the development of quantum and nanomaterials.
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Penny Kuhn is the managing editor of Endangered Species Research, a journal based out of Germany. She works remotely and lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We asked her some questions about life in the science communication world.