Homologous Recombination and Alternative End-Joining: The Zero-Sum Game Between Speed and Accuracy in DNA Repair

Controversies broke out last November over the Chinese researcher He Jiankui’s self-proclaimed creation of genetically engineered babies, recalling thedystopian prophecy of Gattaca (1997). Genetics has been a popular guest of both media front covers and sci-fi star for decades. But what is genetics research really like inside the laboratories? What is its potential, and where is it heading? Dr. Mitch McVey, a professor at the … Continue reading Homologous Recombination and Alternative End-Joining: The Zero-Sum Game Between Speed and Accuracy in DNA Repair

Story Circles: A Platform for Social Change

Think of a time when you were watching a play and were captivated by the characters onstage. You weren’t questioning what you were seeing, simply enjoying the . A character reveals their true colors, and you see yourself in them. The overwhelming rush of emotion hits you in the chest. You gasp, thinking, “oh, now I understand what this has been about the whole time.” … Continue reading Story Circles: A Platform for Social Change

The Wonderful World of Wet Lab

Biology research has been at the pinnacle of scientific inquiries since the beginning of time. We want to understand our bodies and the world around us. At Tufts and the surrounding Boston facilities, research is booming and we have access to the brightest and most curious minds, the most technologically advanced equipment, and a myriad of resources. Before you get into wet lab research, you … Continue reading The Wonderful World of Wet Lab