Zebrafish and the Origins of Sleep

Zebrafish and the Origins of Sleep

 “Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” — Thomas Dekker We spend about a third of our lives asleep. Sleep has very important functions for humans, as well as for many other animals, although its specific benefits still aren’t well...
Ultrasound Therapy for Rodents

Ultrasound Therapy for Rodents

Ultrasound imaging (aka sonography) has been used in many medical fields for over 50 years. The procedure involves sending high frequency sound waves into the body. The sound waves bounce off internal organs, and by measuring the difference in travel times of the...
G-force and C. elegans

G-force and C. elegans

Could life have existed on other worlds in the distant past? Could that life have somehow managed to survive traveling through space on a meteorite or similar object? If so, could that life have colonized other planets, possibly even earth? This idea, that life could...
Ultrasound Therapy for Rodents

Gene Therapy and Usher Syndrome

It is almost like science fiction: the ability to manipulate the human genome to cure diseases by correcting genetic errors. Since the late twentieth century, scientists have been working towards making gene therapy a reality. Gene therapy offers a chance to treat...
Testing Gene Drives in Mosquitos

Testing Gene Drives in Mosquitos

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over half of the world’s population is at risk for malaria. In 2015 alone, the WHO recorded over 200 million cases of malaria worldwide and more than 400,000 deaths. Sub-Saharan Africa shoulders a large part of the...