Photo by Brandable Box on Unsplash

I love ordering things online, because I love getting packages in the mail (and I bet I’m not the only one!). But what if your order couldn’t be delivered? Maybe it didn’t fit in the box, or it couldn’t get to your house. …


Source: Harvard

Gene editing technology has erupted since the advent of CRISPR-cas9. And as with any technology, while there is great potential for good, people are also concerned about the lasting impacts gene editing could have on humanity.

One of the areas of great concern is germline editing. This area has a…


A Bacteriophage | Source: NIH

A virus could save your life.

I know, I probably sound crazy. But a type of virus known as bacteriophages has actually saved people’s lives before, such as Tom Patterson’s life in 2016.

So what would a bacteriophage, or phage, save your life from?

The answer: a superbug.

Rise of the Superbugs

Superbugs is…


Marcus Aurelius, a large historical figure in stoicism. | Source: Wikipedia

Stoicism often gets the reputation of being a practice where you suppress your emotions. And you might be thinking, yeah, thanks but no thanks, I like having emotions.

But it’s not exactly that. And it’s about so much more than just your emotions.

When practicing stoicism, you don’t suppress your…


+ Replicating deleting genes on Benchling

CRISPR could provide a cure for cancer | Source: The Scientist

1 in 3 people in the U.S. will develop cancer.

Every minute, someone in the U.S. dies from cancer.

That’s a problem.

Gene editing could help solve it.

Gene Editing and Cancer

Last year, a research paper was published which detailed the results of a phase I clinical…


© Johan Jarnestad/The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Imagine a world where cancer isn’t deadly. Where diseases like sickle cell anemia, muscular dystrophy, and Huntington’s disease are all things of the past.

Now imagine a world where an elite group are smarter, stronger, and more physically attractive than the rest. Governments have armies which can feel no pain…


The Problems with Current Meat Production Methods

Source: Sagacious News

Scientists are currently working on creating vegetarian meat.

Wait, what?!

Ok, whether it’s vegetarian is debatable. But scientists are working on developing meat which wouldn’t require the slaughtering of an animal.

Now, you might be wondering: what’s the point? …


Did it go well? Um… Did I learn a lot? You bet.

Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

This past weekend, I participated in an artificial intelligence (AI) hackathon, which was a part of The Knowledge Society (TKS). TKS is a program for teens, which trains them to impact billions using emerging technology.

Saturday morning, I…


The Future of Self-Driving Cars

A WAYMO Self-Driving Car Photo: Wikipedia

In the 60s and 70s, one of the first autonomous vehicles was created, called the Stanford cart. However, for it to make a 1-meter location change, it could take up to a quarter of an hour. …

Samantha Hatcher

Teen lover of biotech, reading, and dogs. Innovator at TKS.

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