Khadijah, here, BetterBio’s founder with some exciting news – not only are we teaching teens how to write about the science that impacts their worlds, but I’ve launched a campaign to do so, myself! Please check out my campaign on Beacon Reader, and subscribe for only $5 a month to get the real scoop on food, food science and our environment. Thank you!!!
The sciences purport to bring America the next industrial revolution. But few Americans are engaged in this revolution. Hey, we already have drugs for most of our diseases, we have plenty of food and we have fuel for at least another few years. Right?
Not exactly. Our current technologies are suffering from the law of diminishing returns. As we learn more about the world, we learn how little we understand. We can either learn how to adapt to all of our new knowledge and update our technologies, or, it seems, the world will force us to simplify. No more internet. No more chocolate. And definitely not enough food.
Some of us aren’t trying to hear that. We like life, like doing cool things, like being healthy. And we’re invested in sticking around for a few more lifetimes. As it turns out, a lot of people who feel this way are involved in science, actually. And a good percentage of those people go into medical, food or energy research with the goal to make a better world. So why aren’t we talking and strategizing together? As I told journalist Robert Hernandez, I started BetterBio with this vision in mind:
What if we could connect all of the people in the community who want science to help create a better world with all of the people in the lab who want the same? To break down the walls that divide us and learn from one another?
So far, we at BetterBio have connected over 30 teens with equipment, laboratories, mentors, internships and experience presenting to the public, helping bridge the gap between the lab bench and the classroom. Tomorrow, we hope to expand the conversation to include parents, patients and, well, you. Please join us as we move forward, and let us know how you want to bring science to life.
by Tyson Anderson
The Importance of Doing It Ourselves Here in the U.S.
Like many other countries, the United States is rife with health disparities between the rich and the poor. Aside from the disparities based on pure economics, problems include poor access to vaccines, especially for hepatitis and childhood diseases like measles; inadequate research on diseases that primarily impact upon the poor, such as toxocariasis, toxoplasmosis and even common parasitic infections; and, of course, rising health care costs that weigh disproportionately on those without independent means. One issue that hits harder than most is simply not having access to healthy food. The US government has itself issued studies on “food deserts,” areas of the country with little access to proper food and nutrition. And even if food is available, that doesn’t imply that it can be considered proper nutrition. The sad truth is that it is far cheaper to get fat in America on empty calories than it is to eat a balanced diet.
Solving Health Problems In Our Own Backyards
The Limits of DIY As A Solution
By Justin Bourke
DIY Bio Activists Seek to Improve Health in the Developing World
Chances are you’ve never heard of Chagas disease, unless of course you’re among the 40,000 people infected every year. It usually starts with a visit from The Kissing Bug, a blood-sucker named for it’s odd habit of “kissing” its hosts on the face during the night. The disease can be countered with antiparasitic treatments if caught early, but once it reaches the chronic phase the best you can do is delay or prevent its symptoms. These can include potentially fatal heart weakness or failure, malnourishment, or even dementia and motor impairment. There is no cure.