AND gene circuits to NOT diseases (An introduction to Synthetic Biology – Part II)

Synthetic Biology may have answers to better Cancer treatments. And the key lies in reducing unintended effects of Chemotherapy. The human brain is such a complex structure, yet at the basic level, the cells interact with basic logic. Read on to find out more. Part 1: http://www.mindbrunch.com/2018/03/editing-towards-engineering-genes-introduction-synthetic-biology-part/ The Scope...

Brain, Senses and You – Part III

This is the final part of the three-part series. You can read the first part here (http://www.mindbrunch.com/2018-02-brain-senses-and-you-I) and the second part here (http://www.mindbrunch.com/2018-02-brain-senses-and-you-II). The brain behind the picture (contd.) A challenge with only taking a snapshot of what lies ahead of us isn’t enough for most practical purposes. We...

Brain, Senses and You – Part II

This is second in the three-part series on the oddities of our sense organs. Read the first part here (http://www.mindbrunch.com/2018-02-brain-senses-and-you-I) Hearing (Audioception) While chemicals trigger smell and taste, pressure stimulates hearing and touch. If you have ever been in a club, concert or any place where bass-heavy music is...

Brain, Senses and You – Part I

We’ve all been there. You smell a traditional dish and reminds you of your grandma. Or you’re having a nose block and can’t taste anything at all. You disagree with your friend on what the color of the dress is. And you think you saw a familiar face in...

The Illusion of Confidence

Consider the following scenario of you visiting a doctor. What tells you that the doctor is trustworthy in his/her assessment of the health condition? You may, thanks to your past experiences and intuition, look for signs that indicate the preparedness as well as the accuracy of diagnosis on the...

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