The Corpus Callosotomy Procedure

I myself have never undergone a major surgical procedure. The only time I’ve ever been under anesthesia was to have my wisdom teeth out. Since the only knowledge I had of surgical operations was from what I had seen on the almost certainly inaccurate show Grey’s Anatomy, I decided to look into how the corpus callosotomy, an incredibly serious surgery, is actually carried out. The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh website offered me the information I was looking for.

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Using Antibodies in Nematodes

As mentioned in my last blog post, we are performing a comparative study of maturing oocytes in the nematode species R. sp. SB 347 and C. elegans. To do so, we use immunofluorescence and microscopy techniques to observe protein presence and location in the developing oocytes. Our primary method of immunofluorescent staining is using antibodies to tag certain molecules. In the immune system, antibodies are used to tag foreign molecules for destruction. For instance, when a virus attacks the immune system, certain antibodies will recognize the foreign threat and mark it for destruction by the rest of the immune system. To do this, antibodies recognize and bind to a specific binding site on a foreign molecule.

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Check-In: Childhood and Trauma in Spanish Civil War Cinema

The Devil's Backbone (2001)

The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

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A Brief History of Split-Brain Research

As part of my research, I wanted to learn about the history of split-brain discoveries. I read a very interesting article from the scientific journal Nature. This post will cover many of the highlights in the history of discoveries by the leading scientists in split-brain resarch.

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