On January 30, 2015, President Barack Obama unveiled his $215 million Precision Medicine Initiative. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), precision medicine “is an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person.”1 And the reason […]

We often think of taste and smell as distinguishable senses—and indeed they are. However, a common experience among humans and animals alike demonstrates that such a separation is not entirely true: in particular, the smell of your favorite food is often enough to make you salivate and imagine (and even […]

Artificial sweeteners were once considered the answer to an age-old question among food scientists and lovers alike: is there a way you can eat your cake and have it too? With artificial sweeteners, food and beverage companies believed that they could mimic the taste of sugar, while avoiding the negative […]

Just when we thought the issues had finally been settled, laboratory safety in government facilities hits headlines once again. I’m not even talking about the mishaps that plagued the CDC last year. It turns out the conditions and attitudes that led to those incidents are pervasive in other facilities as […]

Pregnancy can be a nerve-wracking, but ultimately exciting time for expectant parents. Once the baby arrives, however, mothers must make an important decision: to breastfeed or not to breastfeed? For a variety of reasons, some women are unable to breastfeed, while others simply prefer to use infant formula milk.1 Regardless, […]

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