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About: jturan91

Biography:
Julia Turan triturated, pipetted, imaged, and analyzed, during her undergrad years studying neurobiology. Since then, she has shifted into the world of science communications, hoping to promote a language of science legible to all. Julia is currently completing an MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement at the University of Edinburgh. Follow this link to subscribe to her weekly newsletter of five worthwhile science stories: http://tinyletter.com/juliaturan. Or follow her @JuliaTuran.
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Posts by jturan91:

3D mini-brain sheds light on Zika Virus in the brain

Posted by on June 10th, 2016

The Zika virus is making headlines as a major world health crisis linked to a host of neurological conditions. In the cases of microcephaly and Guillain-Barre, the evidence that Zika Virus is the root of the condition is strong enough to be considered causal. Babies born to infected mothers often have microcephaly, a condition that manifests[…]

Cellular conversations

Posted by on June 7th, 2016

We know that cells are the building blocks of our bodies. But they are not like inert wooden blocks. They are complicated tiny machines that communicate with each other to make sure that the many simultaneously occurring processes in our bodies are in order. Stem cells participate in many of these cellular conversations, and a[…]

Visualizing our ‘gut instinct’

Posted by on May 19th, 2016

How on earth do we turn into a living, breathing, singing, speaking being, from just the fusion of two cells? Development is fascinating and mysterious. Stem cells are one component of how this intricate process unfolds, allowing the embryo to not have every type of cell from the start. Imagine if the only way our[…]

Making and re-making the brain

Posted by on December 23rd, 2015

  The three-pound lump under our skulls that allows us to speak, run and function in our daily lives is a mass of dozens of types of minuscule cells joined in an intricate web of communication. We pop out of the womb with our brains ready for us to interact with the world, but throughout[…]

Organ Design 101: Discovering the rules for building a pancreas

Posted by on November 19th, 2015

As we develop from wads of cells to fully formed humans, each of our organs goes through intricate processes to achieve the right combination and number of cells arranged in the proper way. Research published in PLoS Biology by Yung Hae Kim and her colleagues looks at the development of our hormone-oozing pancreas, which assists[…]