Fall 2018 Reading List

Here is reading list for September through November of 2018: Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage by Kathleen Winter “In breathtaking prose charged with vivid descriptions of the land and its people, Kathleen Winter’s Boundless is a haunting and powerful story, and a homage to the ever-evolving and magnetic power of the North.” ...

Desire for Revenge Studied using new Economic Game

When someone wrongs us, or betrays us, often we feel like we should “get back at them”. This desire for revenge can be a consequence of anger – but what actually happens in our brain when we feel like lashing out at someone? In a study published in Scientific Reports in July, researchers at the ...

Schizophrenia and Cannabis-Use Found to be Drivers of Brain Aging

Researchers from John Hopkins, University of California, Google and others conducted the largest known brain imaging study to determine the drivers of brain aging. More than 30,000 individuals from 9 months to 105 years old had their brains scanned in hopes of identifying patterns of aging. Understanding the influence of aging on the brain remains ...

Is CRISPR as Accurate as We Think?

CRISPR has been the talk of the medicine world for a while because of its incredible accuracy for gene editing. The hope is that CRISPR will cure genetic diseases and end all suffering caused by them. Companies have been pouring money into the potential that this technology holds. But a new study has suggested that ...

Exact Moment a Tau Protein Starts to Become Toxic

Alzheimer’s Disease is characterized by Amyloid plaques and tangles, which are basically a bunch of proteins that are folded into a shape allowing multiple copies of the protein to stick together. Interestingly, a new study states that they have discovered the precise moment that these proteins start to become neurodegenerative. Even though over half a ...

Editing Cancer Cells to Fight Cancer Cells

CRISPR it the revolutionary gene-editing tool that is taking over the health and medicine world. It is now being used as a cancer-fighting mechanism through the editing the tumour cells to kill other cancer cells. Cancer cells have this strange “rehoming” behaviour where they return to the original tumour after metastasizing – or spreading to ...

Potential Blood Test for Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder encompasses a large group of developmental disorders characterized by deficits in social interaction and communication, and the expression of restrictive and repetitive behaviours and/or interests. An incredible new study highlights the need for early diagnosis and offers a way to test if a child is on the spectrum by looking at the ...

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