Alex Renn

Writer

renna@berkeley.edu

Alex is a 1st year at UC Berkeley intending to major in a biological science and minor in Chinese Studies. In addition to writing, Alex also enjoys volunteering to help those in need, teaching/tutoring and being outside.

Alex has written 8 post(s)

As scientists develop new technologies, more and more potential cures for cancer are emerging. One prospective method of cancer detection and treatment comes from the field of combinatorial chemistry in a method called One-Bead-One-Compound, originally developed by Dr. Kit S. Lam in 1991. One-Bead-One-Compound, or OBOC for short, provides a method for efficient and high throughput … Read More

Have you ever thought it would be cool to live in outer space on a planet other than Earth? Well, new research suggests that this fantasy is impossible for a large portion of the population. Scientists from the UK’s University of Manchester, Netherlands, and Germany have determined that the circadian rhythm of animals relies on the … Read More

Modern day medicine has created vaccines for many common illnesses. A couple of vaccine shots is all that is required to be safe from the most prevalent and dangerous sicknesses for a long time. Even with the scientifically backed efficacy of these vaccines, however, many low and middle class families refuse to get vaccinated due to costs. New research … Read More

A large reason why cancer is such a deadly disease is because cancerous cells can “communicate” with each other. That is, these diseased cells can create certain signaling molecules that tell other diseased cells to perform a certain action. These signals help cancer multiply and migrate, spreading the disease and worsening symptoms. Traditionally, many pharmaceuticals utilize methods that block the … Read More

Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that hold the potential to differentiate into any type of cell. They offer a wide variety of uses in medicine from curing illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, to repairing old joints/ligaments. However, the problem with stem cells and the reason why they aren’t more popular in clinical practices is their method … Read More

With the recent advancement of CRISPR-CAS9 technology made by UC Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna, a professor of chemistry and molecular and cellular biology, scientists are now able to genetically engineer a large range of organisms with higher efficiency and relative ease. Prior to its advent, scientists were able to cut DNA at certain points, but inserting sequences of … Read More

Our current methods of treating cancerous tumors have many drawbacks. The most common method of cancer therapy, chemotherapy, targets more then just tumor cells, and as a result, chemotherapy patients suffer physical side effects in addition to the mental burden of battling a difficult disease. One alternative to chemotherapy that is currently being researched is … Read More

In addition to the incredibly expensive modern day hospital fees, pharmaceutical treatment of a variety of illnesses has become increasingly taxing. With the recent scandal involving Martin Shkreli, a hedge fund manager and CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, and his 5000% price hike of Daraprim, many people are beginning to question the legitimacy of such actions. In September, … Read More

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