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I'm Garrick Talmage, the Editor-in-Chief of Carolina Scientific. As a biochemistry major at UNC-Chapel Hill, I'm interested in biochemistry research and how it applies to medical advances.

Header: Crystals of Growth Porcine Elastase. Credit: NASA.

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Update on this semester – Modes of Inquiry!

Hey everyone,

I just wanted to update you on what I’ll be blogging about this semester. I’m taking a seminar this semester called Modes of Inquiry, course number IDST 195. Each week, a faculty member will come to class to talk about their research. I’m going to blog about the research they have published and . . . → Read More: Update on this semester – Modes of Inquiry!

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Using Mouse Models To Learn More About Diabetes


One of the challenges of researching human diseases is that the animals used to study the disease, often mice, may not present with an ideal representation of the corresponding disease. The mouse genotype frequently used to represent diabetes, NOD, exemplifies this problem. Although the progression of the disease in the mouse likely mimics that of . . . → Read More: Using Mouse Models To Learn More About Diabetes

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Undergraduate Research Matters

A network of UN Member Countries in 1947. This research was done with the help of UNC undergraduates.

Somebody asked me the other day, “Do any undergraduates actually make any important scientific discoveries?”

The relationship between undergraduates and the faculty at UNC is one of the many things that makes this University so special, and it has resulted in numerous undergraduates having a big impact on research.

If you peruse around some of . . . → Read More: Undergraduate Research Matters

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Let’s talk science!

I want to tell you about a new blog, GeoTalk, that has a ton of information about how to give good science talks. It has a geoscientific slant, but I believe that the information is relevant to all scientists. Being able to communicate your research is very important, and its something that scientists aren’t always . . . → Read More: Let’s talk science!

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How to make your brain waaaaaay bigger

Garrick in a Lab

Well…you probably can’t make your brain bigger. But if you could, I can pretty much guarantee that the best way to do it would be to do research. Research changes the way you think about the world around you in a fashion that no other academic activity can replicate.

Two of the most frequent questions . . . → Read More: How to make your brain waaaaaay bigger

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The life of an undergraduate crystallographer

Crystals of Porcine Elastase

I have been lucky enough to work in a research lab all 3 years that I’ve been at UNC-Chapel Hill, and this year I’ve been working in Dr. Redinbo‘s lab in the Chemistry Department. Dr. Redinbo is interested in the structure of proteins that are involved in important cell processes. For example, Dr. Redinbo is . . . → Read More: The life of an undergraduate crystallographer

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Fighting the cancer war, one battle at a time

Chemical Structure of CPT11

The chemical structure of CPT11. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Irinotecan.svg

Sometimes, the fight against cancer is not necessarily about trying to eliminate it altogether. One small advance or discovery can go a long way towards understanding cancer or benefiting the lives of cancer patients. Researchers in Dr. Matthew Redinbo’s laboratory at UNC recently made such . . . → Read More: Fighting the cancer war, one battle at a time

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