Cancer is a disease that involves the the uncontrollable division of the body’s cells. Human bodies, for the most part, do a good job of making sure we get what we need. More specifically, our cells in our bodies only divide to form more cells when necessary.
Shayan Bhathena is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin majoring in Plan II and Human Biology. Shayan works as a peer mentor for the Biology of Biofuels stream in the Freshman Research Initiative, and is currently researching the biology of a biofuels species commonly called switchgrass, or Panicum virgatum.
DNA utilizes a number of steps to copy our genetic code into new cells so we can get taller, heal wounds, grow hair and nails, and even make germ-line cells like sperm and eggs to reproduce. However, DNA has limitations.
Parabiosis: surgically joining two organisms that then share and exchange rapid and continuous circulation. Parabiosis has been adopted by researchers as a means to test if joining old and young mice together (heterochronic parabiosis) shows signs of reversing age-related impairments.
Arushi Pandya is a junior at The University of Texas majoring in Plan II and Biology. Arushi works in the Schallert Lab for Neurobiology and is currently researching effects of ischemic stroke using mice and ultrasonic voice recordings.
Over the summer, I had the opportunity to assist with a research project in Panama at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), working with bats in a field station on the edge of the Soberanía National Rainforest Preserve located right along the Panama Canal.