Using Hunger to Suppress Pain

By Marcia-Ruth Ndege ‘21 Much is known about how the brain communicates needs such as thirst, hunger, pain, and fear. However, little is known about how the brain prioritizes such needs. In the context of pain, researchers must examine both acute and inflammatory pain. Acute pain is a reflexive response, while inflammatory pain is mediated…

New Findings in Telomerase Activity and the Potential for Immortality

By Marcia-Ruth Ndege ‘21 The telomerase enzyme catalytic cycle limits the telomerase enzymes’ ability to synthesize specific DNA segments of six nucleotides called repeats. These repeats, known as telomeres, are protective caps that prevent the destabilization of the genome by lengthening the ends of chromosomes. However, these protective caps shorten every time a cell divides.…

Glutamate Consumption Linked to Chronic Pain

By Marcia-Ruth Ndege ’21 Chronic pain, defined as pain that lasts more than three months, is triggered by the activation of pain sensors in the body due to sustained firing of electrical signals from nerve cells. There are many known causes of chronic pain including nerve damage, past surgeries, and even headaches. A new pilot…