Jaskanwaljeet Kaur

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The brain is considered one of the most important organs in the human body because of its ability to process a tremendous amount of information very rapidly. We, as human beings, have a larger brain compared to many other mammals, but how exactly does that affect us? In other words, does having a larger brain … Read More

Imagine a world where one could take a pill based on his or her medical condition, without worrying about any adverse consequences that the pill might stimulate. For instance, if there were problems with the intestines or an infection within the body, the pill would be able to sense the correct ailment and release the appropriate medicine. … Read More

Folic acid intake is extremely important before and during pregnancy. Insufficiency of folic acid in the mother’s body can cause severe malformations in the baby, such as neural tube defects (NTDs). These NTD’s can include anencephaly, when a baby’s brain does not fully develop, and spina bifida, where the tube enclosing the spinal cord is open at … Read More

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a hereditary disease affecting the respiratory and digestive systems. CF affects the exocrine glands that primarily secrete substances such as mucus that protect us from pathogens. If individuals have CF, their lungs and pancreas produce abnormally thick mucus, which commonly leads to various types of infections and inflammation in body cavities. Presently, there is no cure … Read More

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which can lead to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), is one of a group of debilitating human diseases that directly attacks an individual’s immune system, rendering it useless in fighting off infections. Laboratory animals, such as mice, rats, and guinea pigs, have previously been used to test for HIV vaccines, but over time, scientists realized … Read More

How is one individual who experiments with cocaine able to leave the drug alone when another individual who experiments with the same drug develops a drug habit? The answer to this question lies in specific genetic factors that vary from individual to individual, as published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by … Read More

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