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  • May 12, 2017
  • 09:30 AM

Could Parasites Be Causing Prostate Cancer?

by Bill Sullivan in The 'Scope

New study shows that a common parasite called Toxoplasma gondii forms tissue cysts and causes inflammation in mouse prostates. ... Read more »

  • January 10, 2017
  • 10:00 AM

The Rise Of Superbugs: How Bacteria Defeat Antibiotics

by Bill Sullivan in The 'Scope

Mechanisms of antibiotic resistance... Read more »

Blair, J., Webber, M., Baylay, A., Ogbolu, D., & Piddock, L. (2014) Molecular mechanisms of antibiotic resistance. Nature Reviews Microbiology, 13(1), 42-51. DOI: 10.1038/nrmicro3380  

  • September 6, 2016
  • 09:55 AM

A Literal "Beer Gut"

by Bill Sullivan in The 'Scope

Free beer, made right inside your stomach! This rare condition converts your gut into a brewery, and it is more of a nightmare than a dream come true.
... Read more »

  • July 5, 2016
  • 10:40 PM

Mmmm…Raw Cookie D’oh!

by Bill Sullivan in The 'Scope

The FDA recently put out a stern warning not to eat raw cookie dough. Here's what cookie dough might do to you and why.... Read more »

  • June 21, 2016
  • 10:30 AM

Osteoporosis: The Dying Osteocyte

by Hannah Davis in The 'Scope

New research into ways to fight bone loss... Read more »

  • June 14, 2016
  • 12:15 PM

Our Bodies Were Not Built To Last

by Jason Organ in The 'Scope

Evolution reveals why the human body deteriorates with age... Read more »

  • June 2, 2016
  • 11:30 AM

Rushing To Help Limbaugh Understand Evolution

by Jason Organ and Bill Sullivan in The 'Scope

On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh somehow jumped from discussing Harambe to evolution bashing. His argument revealed an astonishing misunderstanding of the most basic premise of evolution, which is clarified here.... Read more »

Venn, O., Turner, I., Mathieson, I., de Groot, N., Bontrop, R., & McVean, G. (2014) Strong male bias drives germline mutation in chimpanzees. Science, 344(6189), 1272-1275. DOI: 10.1126/science.344.6189.1272  

  • June 1, 2016
  • 12:00 PM

Bath Salts: Drugs That Stimulate The Senses

by Omar El Jordi in The 'Scope

Why are "bath salts" so hard for toxicologists to detect?... Read more »

  • February 11, 2016
  • 09:25 AM

Unbreak My Heart: A Short History Of The Defibrillator and CPR

by Bill Sullivan in The 'Scope

For Valentine's Day: the fascinating experiments that led to the invention of the defibrillator and CPR - truly a tale from the “heart”!... Read more »

  • February 3, 2016
  • 10:20 AM

Where Do “New” Viruses Come From?

by Bill Sullivan in The 'Scope

Zika. Ebola. MERS. HIV. Where Do “New” Viruses Come From?... Read more »

Simpson, D. (1964) Zika virus infection in man. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 58(4), 339-348. DOI: 10.1016/0035-9203(64)90201-9  

Koonin EV, Senkevich TG, & Dolja VV. (2006) The ancient Virus World and evolution of cells. Biology direct, 29. PMID: 16984643  

Baize, S., Pannetier, D., Oestereich, L., Rieger, T., Koivogui, L., Magassouba, N., Soropogui, B., Sow, M., Keïta, S., De Clerck, H.... (2014) Emergence of Zaire Ebola Virus Disease in Guinea. New England Journal of Medicine, 371(15), 1418-1425. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1404505  

  • January 27, 2016
  • 12:50 PM

Lead: Breaking Down The Bridges Of Life For Centuries

by Gustavo Arrizabalaga in The 'Scope

We've all heard about the reckless decisions that led to lead poisoning in Flint, MI. Why is lead is such a damaging toxin?... Read more »

Flora G, Gupta D, & Tiwari A. (2012) Toxicity of lead: A review with recent updates. Interdisciplinary toxicology, 5(2), 47-58. PMID: 23118587  

  • January 21, 2016
  • 09:25 AM

A 5,300 Year Old Stomach Ache

by Bill Sullivan in The 'Scope

The fascinating history of the stomach ulcer bacteria H. pylori, which was recently found in Otzi, the 5,300 year old iceman.... Read more »

Tito RY, Knights D, Metcalf J, Obregon-Tito AJ, Cleeland L, Najar F, Roe B, Reinhard K, Sobolik K, Belknap S.... (2012) Insights from characterizing extinct human gut microbiomes. PloS one, 7(12). PMID: 23251439  

Maixner, F., Krause-Kyora, B., Turaev, D., Herbig, A., Hoopmann, M., Hallows, J., Kusebauch, U., Vigl, E., Malfertheiner, P., Megraud, F.... (2016) The 5300-year-old Helicobacter pylori genome of the Iceman. Science, 351(6269), 162-165. DOI: 10.1126/science.aad2545  

  • January 7, 2016
  • 09:40 AM

Daraprim: The 62 Year Old $750 Pill

by Bill Sullivan in The 'Scope

How can a 62 year old pill cost $750 per dose? The story of Daraprim, an old anti-parasite drug in the news since Turing Pharmaceuticals raised its price.... Read more »

  • December 15, 2015
  • 09:45 AM

"Wookiees Are Primates. Or Are We Barking Up The Wrong Tree?"

by Jason Organ in The 'Scope

"Bone up" on your Wookiee biology before you go see STAR WARS!... Read more »

  • November 26, 2015
  • 02:25 PM

Gobble Up Some Facts About Turkeys

by Bill Sullivan in The 'Scope

Be the highlight of Thanksgiving dinner conversation after you learn these fascinating facts about turkeys!... Read more »

  • November 11, 2015
  • 09:40 AM

Where Do All Those Leaves Come From?!

by Mark Lasbury in The 'Scope

As you grab your rake or leaf-blower this fall, you might wonder how it is possible for trees to make so many leaves. Learn where they all came from.... Read more »

Pijpers, J., Winkler, M., Surendranath, Y., Buonassisi, T., & Nocera, D. (2011) Light-induced water oxidation at silicon electrodes functionalized with a cobalt oxygen-evolving catalyst. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(25), 10056-10061. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1106545108  

  • October 29, 2015
  • 08:10 AM

The Monster Mash – Diseases That May Have Spawned Monster Legends

by Bill Sullivan in The 'Scope

The fascinating science behind some of our favorite monsters ... Read more »

Schulenburg-Brand D, Katugampola R, Anstey AV, & Badminton MN. (2014) The cutaneous porphyrias. Dermatologic clinics, 32(3), 369. PMID: 24891059  

Deshmukh S, & Prashanth S. (2012) Ectodermal dysplasia: a genetic review. International journal of clinical pediatric dentistry, 5(3), 197-202. PMID: 25206167  

Ramirez-Bermudez J, Aguilar-Venegas LC, Crail-Melendez D, Espinola-Nadurille M, Nente F, & Mendez MF. (2010) Cotard syndrome in neurological and psychiatric patients. The Journal of neuropsychiatry and clinical neurosciences, 22(4), 409-16. PMID: 21037126  

  • October 23, 2015
  • 11:25 AM

The Witches In The Rye

by Bill Sullivan in The 'Scope

Can the Salem Witches of 1692 be explained by a fungus?... Read more »

Caporael LR. (1976) Ergotism: the satan loosed in Salem?. Science (New York, N.Y.), 192(4234), 21-6. PMID: 769159  

  • October 8, 2015
  • 12:50 PM

Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen…And Prevent Skin Cancer

by Julia van Rensburg in The 'Scope

Part II in our series looking at the scientific evidence behind sunscreen and skin cancer.... Read more »

  • October 1, 2015
  • 10:00 AM

Into The Fire: Sun Protection From A To B

by Julia van Rensburg in The 'Scope

Jessica Alba's company has been charged with two lawsuits citing ineffective protection by her Honest Company sunscreen. The failure of the sunscreen highlights a need for better education regarding sunscreen use and sun exposure.... Read more »

Shah P, & He YY. (2015) Molecular regulation of UV-induced DNA repair. Photochemistry and photobiology, 91(2), 254-64. PMID: 25534312  

Narayanan DL, Saladi RN, & Fox JL. (2010) Ultraviolet radiation and skin cancer. International journal of dermatology, 49(9), 978-86. PMID: 20883261  

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