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Staff Listing, Fall 2017

Editor in Chief Emily Hartman Editors Katie Deets Nicole Haloupek Chris Holdgraf Tim Jeffers Dat Mai Hayley McCausland Sumayah Rahman Amanda Tose Copy Editors Zeke Barger Maiko Kitaoka Managing Editor Katie Deets Art Director Ashley Truxal Designers Jo Downes Bairzin Cameron Baker Benjamin Obadia Alexandra Ramsey Nicole Repina Dennis Sun Ashley Truxal Kurtresha Worden Photographers
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Dancing DNA and packaging protein

DNA in bacteria is constantly changing shape—it recombines, replicates, and compresses into organized structures. This remarkable plasticity would be impossible without helpers known as nucleoid associated proteins. Recently, Dr. Michal Hammel, a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, headed a study aiming to understand how DNA interacts with these nucleoid associated proteins to create tightly compressed DNA structures. The study used a technique that reveals
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Biology summer camp: Life lessons from embryos

THEY’RE GLOWING! THEY’RE GLOWING! THEY’RE GLO-” I stopped, blushing in the dark microscope room. It was 3 a.m., but I was completely enamored with the ball of cells under my microscope. Twelve hours ago, I added a cloud of sperm to a dish of eggs and silently rooted for their successful union. Since then, I
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Baiting the Bug

Nationwide, over 1.2 million people face a lifetime of living with HIV. The disease, which operates by compromising the immune systems of otherwise healthy people, turns commonplace viruses like the flu into potentially life-threatening diseases. However, the real difficulty in fighting HIV is its resilience—it’s very difficult to clear the virus from infected patients. This
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