Who To Expect When Expecting Nettie Stevens

It is common knowledge that we generally determine the sex of someone as female (XX) and male (XY) by their chromosomes. While most people would credit this discovery to Thomas Morgan, the honor actually belongs to Nettie Stevens. Nettie’s discovery became the first of its kind to link chromosomes to physical characteristics [1]. Nettie was… Continue reading Who To Expect When Expecting Nettie Stevens

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What To Expect When Expecting A Zombie: Zombie Bacteria

Previously, we looked at the zombie fungus that plagued carpenter ants and turned them against their colonies in the rainforest. Now, we will look at bacteria and the object of their zombification and destruction: silver. Throughout our history of fairy tales and legends, silver has been the downfall of many mythical creatures from werewolves to… Continue reading What To Expect When Expecting A Zombie: Zombie Bacteria

Who To Expect When Expecting Alice Ball

In her short life, Alice Augusta Ball, a chemist, was nothing short of brilliant. Alice was born in Seattle in 1892 and spent her childhood in Washington and Hawaii. She showed high aptitude towards the sciences, so much so that she ended up becoming the first African-American woman to attend the University of Washington School… Continue reading Who To Expect When Expecting Alice Ball

What To Expect When Expecting Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy

Like anything else in the body, even the mitochondria can be afflicted with disease, damage, or anything else detrimental to its function. Mitochondrial diseases (MD) are genetic disorders inherited from the biological parents, random mutations (very rare), or environmental situations [1]. The latter two are rare and I won't go over them here, but the… Continue reading What To Expect When Expecting Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy

What To Expect When Expecting The Origins Mitochondria

Yes, Mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell. Its function is well known and its existence is crucial to us and anything else that has mitochondria. Mitochondria provide energy to cells via ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which is used to perform a variety of functions. Mitochondria also have its own set of DNA that is inherited… Continue reading What To Expect When Expecting The Origins Mitochondria

Who To Expect When Expecting Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu

Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu was a Chinese-American physicist who accomplished many amazing feats in her life to the point where she is commonly referred to as the “First Lady of Physics” and sometimes as the “Chinese Marie Curie” [1]. For instance, some of her work includes breaking a law of physics and working on the manhattan project… Continue reading Who To Expect When Expecting Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu

Who To Expect When Expecting Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell

“I do not wish to give [women] a first place, still less a second one--but the most complete freedom, to take their true place whatever it may be." - Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell [1]   Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell was born in Bristol, England in February 1821 to Samuel Blackwell, a sugar refiner, and Hanna Lane, from a… Continue reading Who To Expect When Expecting Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell