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The Crisis: an open letter to fellow scientists

by Arthur P. Ruiz, Ph.D.   “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves … Continue reading

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Our Duty to Patients or Our Duty to Society?

How a Patient-Centered Model Can Reconcile the Two by Ramy Sedhom MD and Daniel Sedhom MD Healthcare in the United States is expensive, with one of the highest rates of per capita spending worldwide, and the cost continues to increase … Continue reading

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Stress and Step 1: One Medical Student’s Perspective

by Sukhjot Sandher During the basic science instruction of our first and second years of medical school, we are rigorously tested on whether we are prepared to complete our third and fourth year clinical rotations. The USMLE Step 1 examination, … Continue reading

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Real Time Science

by Arthur Ruiz One of the most important aspects of being a successful scientist is the ability to effectively communicate one’s work to peers and the lay public. Research papers typically take a structured narrative form, similar to the “keyhole” … Continue reading

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Pass the cheese, please.

by Anne Kessler True to my roots, I am a cheese enthusiast. Born and raised in Wisconsin, the leader in US cheese production (sorry not sorry California), I grew up thinking that eating cheese and only cheese in a room … Continue reading

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Marathon Running: The macroevolution and continued adaptation of a ‘uniquely human trait’

by Anne Kessler According to the fossil record, endurance running capabilities first evolved roughly two million years ago, approximately four million years after the initial evolution of bipedal walking – a divergent moment in evolutionary history leading up to the … Continue reading

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My Daughter the Doctor

by Walter G. Wasser, MD The world of medicine has now been open to women for decades. As parents, especially those in the medical field, recognize their daughters’ interests in medicine, they should encourage and support them as they pursue … Continue reading

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What’s in a p-value: science or magic?

by Anne Kessler Upon completing my first year of graduate coursework, I found myself where no student wants to be – in a summer class. Per the stipulations of my training grant, I was enrolled in the Clinical Research Training … Continue reading

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Cogito, ergo sum homo? – (I think, therefore I am human?)

by Arthur Ruiz What makes a person deserving of human rights? Is it something intrinsic in our nature, “endowed by [our] Creator with certain unalienable Rights”, as Thomas Jefferson wrote? Or is it simply the result of mutually-agreed-upon social conventions? … Continue reading

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From genome to transcriptome: new layers of gene expression

by Dulguun Amgalan The field of molecular biology, as its name implies, is the study of life at the molecular scale. Living things are made of cells, and each one of these basic units of living matter is a complex … Continue reading

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