Tag: alzheimer’s

  • Genome editing just got a lot easier

    This post is cross-posted with the PLOS Student Blog If you’ve recently taken a glimpse at the front page of any major science news outlet, it is likely you are no stranger to an emerging genome editing technology known as CRISPR/Cas9. With the help of RNA, Cas9 (a bacterial enzyme) can be programmed to target specific…

  • Do We Become Less Human as We Age?

    What makes us a human? Walking on two legs? Language? Empathy? Our large prefrontal cortex, which enables our predictive and problem solving skills? Many of the characteristics we cherish as distinguishing us from our more primitive evolutionary cousins often decline with age. We consider the pinnacles of our humanity to be social harmony, creativity, independence,…