Posts byAllison Terbush

Scientists wield gene editing with CRISPR in the fight against HIV

The global epidemic of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) has been a leading public health concern for almost four decades. Left untreated, HIV eventually infects and destroys T cells—a cornerstone of the human immune system—leading to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and the inability of the body to fight off routine infections. Presently there is no

How cells know to let go

For many organisms, everything needed for growth and metabolism is confined neatly within a single entity: the cell, fundamental unit of life. Many single-celled organisms wade through the world in solitude, but the story is quite different for organisms made up of many cells, including ourselves. Our cells sense and respond to their environment—and they

Truth In Science

The world of the unseen, unlearned, and unknown has forever entranced human minds. Imagine the delight of the first creature to wield fire on the end of a stick, suddenly able to illuminate features in the darkness on command. Scientists enjoy a similar feeling when, for a brief moment at the microscope or analyzing fresh