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Gene editing used on human embryos to determine gene function

Abbey Bigler, Special to the Quad

October 3, 2017


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For the first time, researchers have disabled a gene in human embryos using CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology to determine the gene’s function, according to a study published in Nature on Sept. 20. One of the most significant scientific advances in recent history, CRISPR-Cas9 technology, often...

Use your voice: join Daedalus

Hannah Tollen, Practicum Writer

October 3, 2017


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Daedalus is West Chester University’s literary magazine. Founded in 1972, Daedalus allows students to showcase their work. The club accepts prose, poetry, short stories and photography among other things. Daedalus also offers writers the chance to get their work published as well as improve in their...

Pauli Murray: a woman of firsts

Caroline Fritz, Special to the Quad

September 24, 2017


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In a 1967 letter to the National Organization of Women, Anne “Pauli” Murray said, “I hold the status of multiple minorities. I can’t allow myself to be fragmented, into Negro at one time, woman at another, or worker at another. I must find a unifying principle in all these movements to which...

Window to West Chester

Alexander Breth, Asst. Photography Editor

September 24, 2017


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To all returning readers, welcome back. To all new readers, welcome to Window to West Chester: a weekly segment covering those around campus with interesting stories to share. “This is a new chapter in my life… something new, something positive.” Kimberly Wederfoort is a third-year criminal...

Resource pantry gives solid footing to those in need of food

Amanda Mills, Special to the Quad

September 24, 2017


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The Resource Pantry is open for its second year at WCU and is ready to serve students in need with open arms. Located on the bottom floor of Commonwealth Hall in the old Counseling Center suite, the Pantry is intended to serve both undergraduate and graduate students. “They can be a non-traditional...

Health professor earns Civility Award

Grace Harvey, Special to the Quad

September 24, 2017


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At the Welcome Back WCU event two weeks ago, President Fiorentino awarded Professor Tammy James with the annual Civility Award “in recognition of her commitment to students, to student success and to West Chester University’s mission and values.” James is an important part of WCU; her work with...

Five ways to “fall” in love around West Chester

Casey Meyer, Special to the Quad

September 24, 2017


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Hello and welcome to the first official full week of fall, West Chester. Last Friday, Sept. 22, the season of crisp leaves and pumpkin-spice lattes officially began. It’s almost hard for me to express to you just how excited I am. Every bone of my body absolutely loves this time of year. Between apple...

Henrietta Lacks’ family members to speak at WCU

Abbey Bigler, Special to the Quad

September 24, 2017


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Two relatives of Henrietta Lacks, Shirley Lacks and Veronica Robinson, will speak on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in Asplundh Concert Hall on Henrietta Lacks’ story and its connections to racial and gender equity and medical ethics. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved...

Family weekend 2017 proves another success

Amanda Hearn, Special to the Quad

September 24, 2017


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This past weekend, Sept. 16 and 17, you might have noticed many family reunions happening all over campus. Family weekend is a great opportunity to see the ones you love and haven’t seen since school has started. For me specifically, as a freshman, family weekend was very important to me, as I am not...

Senior develops e-newsletter

Amanda Saleh, Features Editor

September 17, 2017


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Cassidy Califano, a senior liberal arts major, recently embarked on a new journey this summer by creating an e-newsletter. The newsletter, Quarter Crisis, is self-described as “a newsletter about twenty-somethings, created by twenty-somethings.” What differentiates this newsletter from other...

Zika virus could treat aggressive brain cancer

Abbey Bigler, Special to the Quad

September 17, 2017


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Increasing numbers of Zika virus in Central and South America over the last two years has made headlines and caused alarm in the healthcare field. The primary cause of this alarm is that Zika virus in pregnant women have been linked to microcephaly, a devastating birth defect where the child’s brain...

Great hiking spots in Pennsylvania

Amanda Mills, Special to the Quad

September 17, 2017


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As we bid farewell to summer, packing away our swimsuits, sunglasses and fond memories, it’s time to turn our attention to fall and all of its outdoorsy potential. We are so lucky to be in Pennsylvania, more specifically Chester County, as there are breathtaking hiking spots only a stone’s throw...

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