Spring 2013 – 15th Anniversary Edition

DUJS 13S Issue Online!

DUJS 13S Issue Online!

Dear Reader, This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science. Since our founding in 1998, the DUJS has helped unify the undergraduate science community at Dartmouth. We provide an interdisciplinary forum to share research and to inspire students to pursue the sciences and science writing....


Genetics: Past, Present, and Future

An section of the first printout of the human genome to be presented as a series of books, displayed in the ‘Medicine Now’ room at the Wellcome Collection, London. The 3.4 billion units of DNA code are transcribed into more than one hundred volumes, each a thousand pages long and in type so small as to be barely legible.

Introduction Genetics is the study of heredity and the variation of inherited elements known as genes. Although scientists have long known that an offspring’s traits come from its parents, the findings of Darwin and Mendel have really allowed scientists to begin to understand how and why genetic variation occurs. With...


Psychostimulants: Cocaine for Toothaches and Amphetamines for All-nighters

The “crystal meth” form of methamphetamine is a colorless crystalline solid and can be injected, snorted, or smoked.

Introduction Psychostimulants are psychotropic drugs that increase circulating levels of different neurotransmitters to generate arousal, counteract fatigue, and improve cognitive function (1-4). Amphetamines, cocaine, ecstasy, caffeine, and nicotine are among the most common psychostimulants, and each of these substances has been considered to have valid medical uses at some point...


Keeping Up with Moore’s Law

Keeping Up with Moore’s Law

Introduction New lines of laptops, smartphones, tablets, and other computing gadgets roll out constantly. Each electronic is marketed as faster, smaller, and more efficient than its predecessor. Consumers flock to stores to keep up with the “latest and greatest” technology. Many ask why the computer industry is to maintain such...


A Review of Global Epidemics

Transmission electron micrograph of the H1N1, or swine flu, virus that was rampant in 2009. Swine flu was one of the world’s most recent epidemics.

Introduction The word epidemic comes from the Greek words “epi” and “demos,” which translate to “upon people.” Epidemics are commonly referred to as outbreaks; however, the general public usually associates outbreaks with smaller, more contained cases. In contrast, “pandemic” describes a large and often devastating epidemic. The field of epidemiology...


Mission Statement

Founded in 1998, the Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science aims to increase scientific awareness within the Dartmouth community by providing an interdisciplinary forum for sharing undergraduate research and enriching scientific knowledge.

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