This is how Helix has made me a better engineer

Before joining Helix, all I knew about DNA was that it could be used to find biological parents if a child is abducted. After joining, it took me no time to realize that our DNA...

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Challenging the status quo: Who was Percy Julian?

Percy Julian was an African-American research chemist who came to be recognized as one of the greatest chemists of the 1900s. Born a single generation out of slavery, he was awarded the very first McNaughton...

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Feeding a nation: Dr. Cecile Hoover Edwards

Sometimes, reading about history will reveal someone truly amazing—someone who faced unimaginable adversity and still defied all the odds to do world-changing things. Dr. Cecile Hoover Edwards is one such person. An African-American woman born...

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Exploring an important link between DNA and hearing loss

Alone, they’re silent—mere waves passing energy between objects. But when these waves are funneled into your inner ear, that energy is transformed into sound. In essence, communication is pretty simple: all you need is the...

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Tracing human development with chickens: Mary Logan Reddick

One becomes two, two becomes four, and before long, there are trillions of cells. It’s an awe-inspiring process to see an animal progress through embryonic development—cells dividing, moving, and morphing in what looks to be...

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The women who make Helix science possible

In the past, we’ve shared stories of some truly remarkable scientists: C.C. Li, a population geneticist who inspired a generation of scientists after defying the Chinese communist party and continuing to teach mendelian genetics; Dr....

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3 ways to celebrate American Heart Month with Helix

When Ötzi the iceman was laid to rest 5,000 years ago, he likely wasn’t aware of his developing heart condition. Though he was an active individual who lived without the temptations of our modern diet,...

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