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Chavín Domestication of Quinoa and its Affects on Civilization

The Chavín civilization flourished in the vertically stratified terrain of present-day Peru. Archaeological evidence suggests that the Chavín experienced a shift from a mobile lifestyle to a more sedentary lifestyle for a dependable food supply. They domesticated crops, such as … Continue reading Chavín Domestication of Quinoa and its Affects on Civilization

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Nutritional Value Adjustments Resulting from Globalization Processes

Globalization, or the process by which goods, services, and ideas develop international influence, has undoubtedly affected the nutritional values of food globally. In the realm of nutrition, globalization influences supply chains and available food products. Migration and the global expansion … Continue reading Nutritional Value Adjustments Resulting from Globalization Processes

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Ableism and Modern Eugenics: A Result of CRISPR and Gene Editing

Gattaca, a film that debuted in 1997, explores genetic manipulation in a dystopian society. The movie was years ahead of its time. Technologies that enable gene editing, such as Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR), now exist. If parents … Continue reading Ableism and Modern Eugenics: A Result of CRISPR and Gene Editing

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Examining Natural Plant Defense Mechanisms and Pesticide Use

Pests are unwanted organisms (plants or insects) that may cause damage to other organisms or property. Pesticides aim to eliminate these pests and protect target areas from further damage. For plants, pests include microorganisms, fungi, insects, and larger herbivores. In … Continue reading Examining Natural Plant Defense Mechanisms and Pesticide Use

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Endosymbiosis: Evidence and Application in the Study of Disease

Darwin documented natural selection among finches while in the Galapagos Islands. With his new knowledge, Darwin proposed his theory of evolution. He claimed that evolution was essentially descent with modification. With time, scientists adapted the definition of evolution. Evolution is … Continue reading Endosymbiosis: Evidence and Application in the Study of Disease

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Can GEM Bioremediation Mend the Effects of the Anthropocene?

The accumulation of environmental pollutants results from Anthropocene activities that expelled solvents and other harmful and hydrophobic molecules into the environment. Bioremediation utilizes microorganisms, either naturally occurring or genetically engineered, to break down environmental pollutants. Genetically engineered microorganisms, or GEMs, … Continue reading Can GEM Bioremediation Mend the Effects of the Anthropocene?

Structural Barriers Limiting Access to Healthcare and Deterring Patients

Many factors affect an individual’s access to healthcare; urban planning methods determine the location of hospitals, and cultural factors can deter an individual from allopathic medicine. Structural barriers within the healthcare system can disrupt patient access to care too. If a … Continue reading Structural Barriers Limiting Access to Healthcare and Deterring Patients

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Anthropology: Primary Care Accessibility Influenced by Cultural Factors

The United States faces a rise in coronavirus cases of the new Delta variant of the virus. Almost every news station invited healthcare professionals to discuss the origins of the variant and how unvaccinated individuals are the medium for further … Continue reading Anthropology: Primary Care Accessibility Influenced by Cultural Factors