Sarah Robbins

About Sarah Robbins

Sarah Robbins is a human genetics Ph.D. student. Her skill at reading recipes has made her able to translate her talents from pies to PCR.

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Tasmanian Devils Evolve to Combat Contagious Cancer

Tasmanian Devils Evolve to Combat Contagious Cancer

Australia is home to some of the deadliest creatures on the planet, including venomous snakes, poisonous spiders and hungry sharks. The Tasmanian devil may not be toxic, but the species is known for its vicious behavior. The carnivorous marsupial may look cute and cuddly, but its sharp teeth can take down a kangaroo. Unfortunately, feasting(...)

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4 Things to Ask before Joining a Rotation Lab


As the new school year approaches, incoming graduate students will face their first big challenge: choosing their first rotation lab. For graduate students, the lab they join to perform their thesis research will be chosen from the different labs they rotate through in their first year, making these preliminary rotations massively important. Many programs in(...)

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Zombie Genes: Life after Death


Anyone who has ever watched an episode of CSI or Law & Order can appreciate that estimating the time of death in a murder is a difficult task. There are many methods, such as body temperature, stage of body decomposition and other biochemical indicators, but a precise approximation of the period of time since death,(...)

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Sled Dogs Pull Their Weight in Rare Disease Genetics


The Iditarod is the Last Great Race on Earth, or so the slogan says. The 1,000-mile trek from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska, occurs in March every year, with more than 1,000 sled dogs taking part in the race. Dog teams average around 16 dogs built for speed, stamina and resistance to the cold weather. While(...)

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