Melissa Lau



Ringing In The New Year With Dysferlin — #GeneOTW

Sometimes, the entire month of December feels like an endless stream of holiday parties, non-stop feasting, and way too many cookies. Since my holiday vices tend toward roast duck and copious amounts of sticky rice, I’m definitely looking forward to a more fitness-focused January. With health-related New Year’s resolutions being so common, many people (myself included) will soon be trading in...
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A Fifty Billion Dollar Problem — #GeneOTW with ACE

With 11.4 million prescriptions filled each month, it’s no wonder that the hypertension drug Diovan is one of the most prescribed medications in America.  After all, the CDC reports that 1 in 3 adults has high blood pressure.1  In the U.S alone, 67 million people are affected2 —and that’s almost twice the total population of Canada. When you combine all the costs of medications, doctor’s visits,...
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The Secret Amino Acid — #GeneOTW with Selenoprotein T

The Flying Dutchman. A 4×4. Animal style fries, well done. If you know the lingo, In-N-Out’s “secret” menu has enough delicious goodies to satisfy everyone’s tastes. Personally, I’d never order the “Wish Burger” (as in, “I wish there were meat in here”), but for some people, the whole salad-in-a-bun concept suits them just fine. In the same way, there’s a select group of proteins that...
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When Cilia March to Their Own Beat — #GeneOTW with DNAH11

No one ever celebrates mucus. Doesn’t matter if it’s clear and watery (or goopy and green), most people blow their noses and throw out the tissue without a second thought. But let’s take a closer look…     Sure, mucus can be gross (after all, it’s filled with all the dust, pollutants, and bacteria you don’t want in your lungs), but it’s also the product of the millions of hair-like...
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Bitter Doesn’t Always Mean Bad — #GeneOTW with TAS2Rs

Like most Chinese kids, I vividly remember my first bite of bitter melon. Instantly (and overwhelmingly) bitter, its eye-watering and tongue-curdling taste is certainly an acquired one. I enjoy eating it now, but there’s a reason that it’s the only edible in my mom’s garden—bitter melon is the only vegetable that the local deer and rabbits won’t eat.     One could argue that kids (much...
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