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Kathryn Mueller

Kathryn “Kaylee” Mueller is an intern for the communications department here at BIO for the summer of 2014. She is a rising junior at Dickinson College in Carlisle PA where she is studying Biology. Within the field of Biology, she finds evolution and genetics the most interesting. So far, her favorite part about working at BIO is learning how science is applied in the real world… and the free fruit snacks. When she’s not studying for Organic Chemistry or writing lab reports, Kaylee enjoys acting, dancing, and doodling. Kaylee also manages her own personal blog, Kayleezyme (http://kayleezyme.tumblr.com/), where she illustrates her own science diagrams.

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Synthetic Biology: The Sword in the Stone to Defeat Devastating Diseases

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On July 17th, 2014 the House held a hearing titled: Subcommittee on Research and Technology Hearing – Policies to Spur Innovative Medical Breakthroughs from Laboratories to Patients Witnesses Dr. Harold Varmus, Director, National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) *(Really liked your DNA tie!) Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President and Carson Family Professor, Laboratory of Brain Development and Repair, The Rockefeller University Dr. Jay Keasling, Hubbard Howe Jr. Distinguished Professor of Biochemical Read More >

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Grass Stains, Flip Flops, Water Fights… and Biotech!

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July is notorious for the beaming rays and hot summer weather. Luckily our atmosphere protects most harmful rays, but still ultraviolet radiation (UV waves) can lead to sunburns, premature aging of the skin, suppression of the immune system, eye damage and most dangerously: skin cancer. Obviously, there are simple precautions you can take to protect yourself from the rays; such as wearing sunscreen and re-applying it throughout the day as well as wearing proper clothing. Read More >

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Will We Ever Have Genetically Modified Meat?

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Currently, there are no genetically engineered animals sold for human consumption on the market, reports Popular Science. As you might have guessed, the lack of genetically modified meat on the market isn’t because of a lack of technology or safety; it’s because of the politics. GM foods are deeply unpopular as of now, and GM food animals are especially so. After reading an article concerning GM animals from The Scientist showing how effective they can be, Read More >

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A Modern Solution to Celiac Disease

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Celiac disease as well as gluten intolerance is widespread amongst the population, but recently a team of talented researchers may have found the solution to their distress- genetically modified wheat. Researchers Cristina Rosella, Francisco Barrob, Carolina Sousac, and Ma Carmen Menad investigated ways to ‘silence’ protein coding genes that are responsible for triggering adverse immune responses in those with celiac disease.   Their research as recently published in the Journal of Cereal Science.  Jefferson Adams of Read More >

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2014 World Food Prize Honors Critical Breakthroughs in Wheat

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced on June 18 the selection of eminent wheat breeder, Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram, as the 2014 World Food Prize Laureate during a ceremony at the U.S. State Department. The World Food Prize highlights the importance of a nutritious and sustainable food supply for all people. By honoring those who have worked successfully toward this goal, The Prize calls attention to what has been done to improve global food security Read More >

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