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Springtime Allergies and Immunity

With spring inevitably comes the onset of springtime allergies. Most, if not all, people suffer from one or more types of allergies; be it ragweed, grass, pollen, goldenrod, or any of the myriad of other allergens, it is hard to avoid the reactions that come along with them. In the United States, around 55% of…

Toxic Pollutant Bisphenol A is Everywhere: Can Giant Duckweed Save the Day?

The infamous water pollutant, Bisphenol A (BPA), has become one of the most studied chemicals on the planet. Notorious due to valid concerns regarding its toxicity, coupled with its worldwide distribution throughout our river, sea and waste water, BPA is at the heart of the fight over the safety of the $375-billion-a-year plastics industry. However,…

The p53 network of protein interactions

    The human microprocessor “chips”   Our cells, and the cells of every living thing around us, are amazing little machines. Understanding how cells sense myriad environmental cues and process that information to elicit the appropriate response(s) is the goal of much biological research. In many ways, an individual cell operates like a personal…

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