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Dr. Hannah Gay made the decision to treat the baby with drugs even before her infection was confirmed. (Image Source:
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Exceptions to the epidemic?

Over the last 30 years, science has seen many breakthroughs with respect to AIDS caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Affecting over 34 million people worldwide, billions of dollars have been donated to finding a cure for this disease. However, as of 2013, there is still no cure for AIDS or HIV infection. Antiretroviral… Keep Reading

Zhao recognizes the benefits of a mentorship program to attract more women to mechanical engineering. (wallsave.psd)
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Is Mechanical Engineering an “all-boys club?”

Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest engineering disciplines, burdened with long-standing traditions. However, many students are deterred by the field’s abstractness. The discipline is also characterized by a significant imbalance in the ratio of males to females involved. “Focusing on the application, rather than theory, could be a means to draw women into engineering,”… Keep Reading

Conflicting studies on health benefits of eggs agree that they should be avoided with high cholesterol levels. (
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A healthy breakfast or worse than smoking?

The question of whether eggs are a healthy protein source or a deadly cholesterol bomb is among the most disputed topics in dietary sciences. An online query into the subject proves more confusing than helpful—many studies give contradicting results. Some say that eating eggs is worse than smoking, while others maintain the meal is an… Keep Reading

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How much is too much caffeine?

Coffee is often a welcomed friend during the semester. According to folklore, the bean’s energizing properties were first discovered by an Ethiopian goat herdsman, who found his flock frolicking after eating coffee berries from nearby bushes. It’s not just goats that enjoy the effects of caffeine, however. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA),… Keep Reading

Using this technology, students from different locations can play music together as if they were in the same room. (
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Shared reality enriches human-computer interaction

Imagine arriving late to class, ears burning from the cold, and stepping over puddles and bags until you finally find a seat. As the professor lectures away, a student several rows down raises his hand. The professor, unaware, continues the lecture. After some time, the student eventually puts it down. For most McGill students, this… Keep Reading
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Behind the scenes at the Dent lab

The Dent Lab in the Stewart Biology building is humming with activity. Run by Dr. Joseph Dent, an associate professor and researcher at McGill University, the lab focuses on the molecular genetics of the behaviour in C. elegans, a nematode roundworm.  Specifically, the lab’s research focuses on understanding the structure and function of neurotransmitter receptors,… Keep Reading

Genome sequencing helps predict the inheritance of diseases (
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DNA testing offers healthier future

Just before I was born, my parents consulted an astrologist to find out if I would be born healthy. Using the stars, the astrologist made predictions about my mental and physical development.  Before my kids are born, I might go to a company such as 23andMe. 23andMe uses DNA sequencing to recognize if babies will… Keep Reading

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How does our memory work?

The human brain, composed of over 100 billion cells, is a natural work of art. Groups of brain cells, called neurons, and their synapses—the gaps in between them—are the functional units of the brain that allow us to store memories. While these cells are responsible for what we remember, what enables us to recall our… Keep Reading
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When Mendel meets Darwin

First there was Darwin, who published the revolutionary On the Origin of Species in 1859, introducing the world to the theory of natural selection. According to this theory, genetic variations arise as adaptions to differential environments, where any profitable traits that incur a survival advantage are selected for and preserved through inheritance. In other words,… Keep Reading

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