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Applying For Medical School in a Gap Year?

Posted by BioCoM Executive Account on September 12, 2016 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (46)

Hear from Kaplan Brand Ambassador, Danielle, on what she’s done, what she’s doing and what’s next for her in her journey to medical school.

Frozen rabbit kidneys could solve organ shortage for transplants

Posted by BioCoM Executive Account on April 17, 2016 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Is this the coolest solution to our donor-organ shortage? Researchers have discovered a way of freezing embryonic animal kidneys so that they can later be warmed up and grown into full-size organs without the risk of rejection by their recipient.


The results suggest we may one day be able to create a long-term biobank of animal kidneys that provides an unlimited source of organs for transplanting in people. There are three major hurdles for human organ transplantation: the ...

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SciShow Compilation

Posted by BioCoM Executive Account on January 30, 2016 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey BioCOMer’s,

Welcome back to the spring semester! I wanted to start off with this compilation of fun winter-related SciShow videos. Some of the segments include: How to Make Snow (If You're Not Elsa), Why Is My Tongue Stuck to This Flagpole? and Why Can We See Our Breath In The Cold? Enjoy!" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">

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Bioethics Debate

Posted by BioCoM Executive Account on December 1, 2015 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

“We know what we are, but not what we could have been” -Shakespeare.

BioEthics presents “Editing the Human Genome.” Come hear our very own Dr. Miller and Dr. Picciuto debate the ethics of genetic engineering, specifically CRISPR/Cas 9.

December 7, 7:30-9 in Physics 101. PIZZA will be provided.:)

If you have any questions e-mail [email protected]


Functional lab-grown vocal cord tissue

Posted by BioCoM Executive Account on November 24, 2015 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have been able to grow a functional vocal cord tissue in the laboratory. This is a very exciting step forward that may help people who have vocal cord injuries.

After isolating cells from the vocal cords of a cadaver and the larynxes of several people who do not have cancer, the cells grew to become strong connective tissue. This system resembles how we grow artificial skin in the laboratory.

The scientists then tested if the arti...

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Basnet fills in for Koita

Posted by BioCoM Executive Account on January 27, 2015 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

In an unforeseen move, President Omar Koita announced to the executive board Saturday afternoon that he will not return to UMBC this spring and that Vice President Neha Basnet will fill in his post for the remainder of his term.

Basnet called for an emergency executive meeting Monday, where she appointed Marina Mizell as Acting Vice President. Mizelle already served on the executive board as Chair of the Food Committee. She will serve both roles until an official election can be he...

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List of credible science news sites!

Posted by BioCoM Executive Account on September 21, 2014 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Since I haven’t been able to post article summaries for you guys because of a busy schedule, I gathered a list of credible news sources. Thanks and credit goes to Joe Hanson of It’s Okay to Be Smart on YouTube for compiling the list. All of the sites I use for news were already on the list besides one. Hopefully, this will give everyone a way to keep up with the latest science whether I can post or not. If you know of a good site you like that I didn’t mention here let us kn...

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Blood test with potential to detect all cancers

Posted by BioCoM Executive Account on August 16, 2014 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Scientists from the University of Bradford claim to have developed a blood test that can detect any type of cancer. The technique involves damaging the DNA of white blood cells with ultraviolet light.

The DNA in the blood of patients with melanoma, colon, lung cancer, etc. is more easily damaged than healthy patients. Therefore, the test looks to see if there is a pre-cancerous intermediate level of damage to compare; thereby, alluding to cancer. If it works, it could be a w...

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Crayfish found to turn blood into nuerons

Posted by BioCoM Executive Account on August 13, 2014 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Not too long ago, it was found that humans can in fact make new neurons within the hippocampus. However, we can only do this with specialized stem cells, while recent studies have found that crayfish can turn blood straight into neurons for use! They use these new cells to resupply their eyestalks and smell circuits which are often exposed to damage.

Crayfish accomplish this feat by utilizing a “nursery” for baby neurons called a niche at the base of the brain. B...

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Video: What You Need to Know About Ebola

Posted by BioCoM Executive Account on August 11, 2014 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Sorry for the lack of news lately; I was on vacation. I'm going to try to stick to a every other day posting basis now that the semester is right around the corner.

Todays video is important info for any biologist to know, especially with the recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. Hank Green of SciShow gives you the facts about one of the world's deadlist diseases. 

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