Author: Manisit Das

One Cancer Drug to Rule Them All?

One Cancer Drug to Rule Them All?

As early as 1999, a scientific study in Denmark found that patients with Huntington’s disease (HD) are less likely to develop cancer when compared to their healthy relatives and the overall population. A decade later, another independent study looked into forty years of patients’ information…

Burn Baby Burn! For the Longleaf Pines

Burn Baby Burn! For the Longleaf Pines

The recent forest fires have been wreaking havoc across California since early October. In fact, destructive wildfires are a frequent occurrence in the dry, western state. Such fires are generally bad news as they cause destruction of property and affect air quality. However, are they always…

UNCseq: The Journey from Cancer Biopsy to Cable TV

UNCseq: The Journey from Cancer Biopsy to Cable TV

This past October, CBS 60 Minutes aired a feature on Artificial Intelligence. They were taking a peek into the world of Watson, a computer system developed by I.B.M that can answer questions framed in natural languages. The same 60 Minutes episode also featured Dr. Norman…

Is Better Hygiene Causing More Allergies?

Is Better Hygiene Causing More Allergies?

If you follow the sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory’, you would probably remember how Howard gobbled peanuts to hide his friend from a surprise birthday party, even though he was allergic.  Though it was hilarious, allergies are a serious health issue! Allergies are a growing…