More than a decade has passed since President Clinton first announced that the human genome project was successfully completed:
We are here to celebrate the completion of the first survey of the entire human genome. Without a doubt, this is the most important, most wondrous map ever produced by human kind.
Have you been at a restaurant and heard a bell ring in the kitchen to notify servers that a plate of food was ready to be served? Most likely, hearing that bell made you feel stomach growl; you probably salivated at the thought of the server bringing that plate of food to your table! How does the sound of this bell bring out such feeling and behavior?Continue reading
As a student, I have admittedly entertained the idea of learning by osmosis. Who wouldn’t want to catch some shut-eye with a textbook as your pillow and absorb all its information overnight? How many hours of studying would you save if you could listen to your Spanish language lessons while you sleep, and wake up speaking fluently?Continue reading
How many neural processes are going on within your body as you read this sentence? The answer to this question is hard to fathom, I know, but give it a shot. Try to imagine all the physiological events that are being controlled by your nervous system at this very moment. Our nervous systems control a dizzying array of sensory, motor, and cognitive processes simultaneously, without us granting them “permission” to do so. In fact, most of our neural functions require no mental energy on our part whatsoever! For this reason, it is extremely easy to take these basic processes for granted. However, if we were to witness the suffering of an individual with multiple sclerosis, we might begin to appreciate these things a little more.Continue reading
Our bodies possess unique and amazing capabilities for self-healing and repair. Time and again, we have witnessed (or experienced first-hand) someone with a broken bone injury. After some medical intervention, it’s just a matter of time as a “natural healing process” occurs in the bone. It almost sounds magical.Continue reading
If you think about it, most of our daily lives revolve around food: when our next meal will be, what it will be, and how yummy it will be! Evolutionarily, these have been essential thoughts for our survival, so that when we find food, we are compelled to eat as much as we can. Not only does this ensure that we get all our necessary nutrients, but it also keeps competitors from stealing our meals.Continue reading
My answer is YES, all the time, no exceptions! Do you remember when Miranda from “Sex and the City” was so addicted to chocolate cake that even after she threw it away, she pulled a piece of cake out of the trashcan and ate it? No doubt we have all had a moment when we knew we should stop but it was impossible to resist even when we are not hungry! So, why do we indulge in sweets? Is it because of our emotions, or is it due to chemicals in our brains?Continue reading