# Racism and Exploitation in Phase I Clinical Trials

By Mary May

Many people regard participating in clinical trials as an altruistic act that could help save lives. Most people, however, are unaware of who actually participates in the earliest stage of trials performed in humans. The healthy people who participate in Phase I clinical trials for the majority of drugs in the United States are ...

# Racism, Toxic Stress, and Education Policy

by Valentina Lagomarsino

Brain development takes a long time. In fact, the human brain isn’t considered fully developed until after 25 years of life! To ultimately develop a healthy brain architecture, the foundation has to be sturdy. Scientists have found that events that happen during childhood are the most indicative of how one’s brain develops. There are many childhood events that can interfere...

# COVID-19: from treatment to prevention

by Apurva Govande

figures by Tal Scully

COVID-19, the disease caused by the newly discovered virus SARS-CoV-2, is a national emergency. We need a vaccine to prevent severe outcomes of disease, to successfully combat future outbreaks of this virus, and to ensure that businesses and schools can safely reopen. Until one is available, healthcare professionals can mitigate symptoms while...

# Better Late than Never: COVID-19 testing across the United States

by Kayla Davis
figures by Jovana Andrejevic

With COVID-19 cases showing up across much of the United States, many people are increasingly curious if they have contracted the disease. Although the COVID-19 infection rate continues to rise, tests are still hard to find and nearly impossible to come by in certain areas of the country. It’s important to understand how widespread the COVID-19 infection rate is so that disease...

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# Should We Help NASA “Shoot for the Moon” Again?

by Christopher Rota
figures by Hannah Zucker

When the first Apollo program astronauts set foot on the Moon in 1969, their footsteps inspired a generation.  This opened a new realm of possibility for what humans can achieve with the necessary motivation and resources. Now, just over 50 years later, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has put the wheels in motion to lay down a fresh set of...

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# The Dawn of the 5G Era: Is new technology the solution to internet inequity?

by Aparna Nathan

We live in a wireless world. From the moment you wake up to an alarm on your Google Home to flipping through an eBook before falling asleep, mobile networks free us from the tethers of landlines and cables. And the technology has evolved rapidly. Each decade, a new generation of cellular technology emerges and offers faster speeds, broader coverage, and better security, the...

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# Virtual Clinical Trials: Testing new drugs from afar

by Isabella Grabski
figures by Jovana Andrejevic

Clinical trials are critical to study the safety and effectiveness of new drugs, but they are no small endeavor. The cost of a clinical trial can range anywhere from $7 million to over$50 million, and they can take...