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Michael Graw, Ph.D.

Michael Graw is a freelance journalist and photographer based in Bellingham, Washington. He holds a PhD in oceanography from Oregon State University. Michael is excited about making scientific research easier to understand and sharing the stories behind the science. When not writing, you can find him climbing, skiing, and trail running. Writing for Smore gives Michael an opportunity to share the most exciting new developments in science today with tomorrow's scientists.

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Scientists are Trying to Crack Soil’s Biological Jigsaw Puzzle

When you pick up a handful of dirt, you probably don’t see much. But biologists see an entire world. A single tablespoon of soil from your backyard contains as many cells of bacteria as there are people living in North America.   While we normally don’t pay much attention to the bacteria in soil, they play …

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Editing Our DNA to Cure Disease

Editing Our DNA to Cure Disease

Table of Contents What types of diseases are scientists working to cure? Scientists and doctors have been very successful at curing some of the world’s most serious medical conditions. We use vaccines and antibiotics to stop infections in their tracks. We use surgeries to transplant organs and perform life-saving procedures. And we use chemotherapy to …

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Vaccine Platforms Offer a Shield Against Diseases

When Edward Jenner introduced the first vaccine for smallpox in 1798, the world changed dramatically. For the first time, humans had a reliable defense against a disease that claimed millions of lives each year. Within 200 years, smallpox was eradicated entirely. At the same time, vaccines nearly eliminated once devastating diseases like polio and measles.  …

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Virtual Reality Headsets Could Show Up at Your Doctor’s Office

Virtual reality probably brings to mind dreams of video games of the future. But virtual technology has world-changing potential. It can be applied to education, business, and almost any other field you can think of. With virtual technology, it’s now possible to dive deep into previously invisible worlds.  Doctors and medical researchers have been quick …

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