Using the mouse model in neurogenetics research for Dandy-Walker Syndrome and Cobblestone Lissencephaly

by Victoria Danan   The purpose of this research was to compare the use of mouse model in recreating human neurodevelopmental illnesses in Neurogenetic research. Mouse models were used on Cobblestone Lissencephaly and Dandy-Walker syndrome. Cobblestone Lissencephaly is the malformation of a cortical membrane, which results in over migration of neurons and subsequent brain phenotypes … Continue reading Using the mouse model in neurogenetics research for Dandy-Walker Syndrome and Cobblestone Lissencephaly

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TAF 5 gene in Drosophila sexual dimorphism: a summary

by Vera Pertsovskaya   A common phenomenon seen throughout animals is sexual dimorphism--the condition that describes the phenotypic difference between males and females of the same species. A major force behind the evolution of this sexual dimorphism is gene duplication--a critical process in the creation of genes with novel functions and consequently the evolution of biological … Continue reading TAF 5 gene in Drosophila sexual dimorphism: a summary

Grad School: An Insider’s Perspective On The Experience

by Urooj Ansari   Brianna Bibel is enrolled at the Watson School of Biological Sciences at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory as a first-year PhD student. She received her Bachelor of Sciences from the St. Mary’s College of California, graduating as summa cum laude. As an undergrad, she has worked as a research assistant, performing … Continue reading Grad School: An Insider’s Perspective On The Experience

Enriched environment housing stimulates hippocampal neuronal development

by John Wetmore   Introduction In a laboratory setting, animals can be housed in single housing (SH) or an enriched environment (EE). EE housing provides the physical and/or social stimulation that SH animals do not receive.(1) Physical enrichment is achieved through cage enhancements, such as toys and ladders, and housing animals with multiple cagemates allows … Continue reading Enriched environment housing stimulates hippocampal neuronal development

Left Out on a Limb: An Overview of Bodily Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID) and its Definition, Etiology, and Treatment and Ethical Considerations

by Daniel Hughes   Definition Bodily integrity identity disorder (BIID), originally termed apotemnophilia by psychologist John Money in the 1970s, is an extremely rare disorder wherein an otherwise psychologically and neurologically normal individual seeks the amputation of a healthy limb or limbs or desires to live as a paraplegic or quadriplegic.   In addition, some persons … Continue reading Left Out on a Limb: An Overview of Bodily Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID) and its Definition, Etiology, and Treatment and Ethical Considerations