Neurotoxins: how we test chemical hazards

“I’m on a juice only diet to flush out the toxins in my body.” Living in California has many perks, from the sun, to the food, to the diversity of people you meet. One phenomenon I could probably do without, however, are the fad diets! The term “toxin” is tossed about...

Your cells’ midnight snack: what is autophagy?

You come home from a weekend away. You can’t wait to jump into your slippers, put your feet up and settle down with your favourite show. *sniff sniff* You start to notice a weird smell and after a few seconds of detective work you realize you didn’t take out the...

What is Mitochondrial Dysfunction?

Every middle school biology student is told the same lies. Well, perhaps it’s more fair to say the same, “incredible oversimplifications of the truth”. In biology 101, I was told that the nucleus is the “brain of the cell”, the membrane is the “wall of the cell” and...

What are motor neurons?

You’re in a bakery full of delicious treats. After a lot of soul-searching, you set your heart on a pecan danish. You reach for your wallet. But wait – how did you go from deciding how wanted your wallet to having your wallet in your hand? Thank your motor...
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