For millennia, humans have fantasized about all sorts of terrible calamities that would leave us on the brink of extinction. These scenarios generally involve widespread infection, zombies, or sometimes, they include a world where humanity is struggling to survive due to the effects of human-accelerated global warming or a nuclear winter.
After all, there’s a reason why some people believed that the COVID-19 pandemic could be the triggering event for an apocalypse.
But don’t fret! Humans haven’t fallen victim to an existential disaster…yet. Many of us know about how greenhouse gases are changing the climate, how drinking water is becoming…
A lower red blood cell count, along with fatigue, and brittle bones? Well, those are some of the symptoms of a hereditary blood disorder called beta thalassemia. Beta Thalassemia is one of the most common autosomal recessive disorders in the world, affecting 1 in 100,000 people.
Beta thalassemia is classified into three types depending on the severity of symptoms: thalassemia major (Cooley’s anemia), thalassemia intermedia, and thalassemia minor. Patients with Cooley’s anemia often suffer from deformed bones, enlarged organs, and severe anemia.
As a genetic blood disorder, it is common for entire family trees to have traces of anemia and…
Personally, I love to sleep, because it’s a great cure for things like stress, anxiety, and a bad mood. Dreaming is fun, and sleep is a way to get away from problems in the real world as we let our imaginations run wild.
Sleep is one of the most basic biological processes that humans perform, and it is crucial to our well-being and health.
People who have narcolepsy feel very sleepy during the day and can sometimes involuntarily fall asleep during normal activities. …
Earth is currently the only habitable planet in our solar system, but those obstacles haven't stopped humans from trying to look for ways to move to other planets.
Currently, when considering how to get thousands of people to Mars, the main focus is on orbits, flight plans, and fuel costs, and not so much on how any of those colonists would survive. Bathed in radiation, completely barren, and hostile to even bacterial colonies the Red Planet is basically a graveyard for all living things.
Space travellers face a dose rate of radiation much higher than that received on earth. The…
‘Clean Water and Sanitation for All’ is Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #6. Despite water being a basic necessity for life, globally, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with faeces.
Keep in mind that contaminated drinking water is estimated to cause 485 000 diarrhoeal deaths each year.
435 million people take water from unprotected wells and springs, and another 144 million people collect untreated surface water from lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. That means millions of people are drinking unsanitary and contaminated water, everyday, just to survive.
Shockingly, this is a problem also prevalent in developed…
Beta Thalassemia is a genetic blood disorder. A primary characteristic of this disorder is that less hemoglobin is produced than normal. Hemoglobin is an iron-rich protein in red blood cells, which carries oxygen to all parts of the body.
There are two primary types of thalassemia: alpha and beta.
Thalassemia can cause mild or severe anemia, which is when your body does not have enough red blood cells or hemoglobin. The severity and type of anemia depends on how many genes are affected.
For people with beta thalassemia, affected individuals have a shortage of red blood cells (anemia), which can…
A shadow moves through the forest canopy, giving off an eerie green shine in the pale moonlight. An emerald tree boa has set its sights on a tiny bird sleeping in the hollow of the tree. Using its tail to keep steady, the boa enters the nest, ready to kill the bird through asphyxiation.
Sharp claws dig into its scaled back, lifting the boa into the air. A Guinea crested eagle is furiously flapping its wings after finding its meal, and the small, unsuspecting bird will now live to see another day.
This is a typical scenario in rainforests, which…
HIV has plagued the Earth for a long time, claiming the lives of a million each year. HIV stands for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, and it weakens the human immune system until it cannot fight against other infections, and some types of cancer.
HIV targets the body’s CD4 (T-cells), which help the immune system fight off intruders. When it gets serious, it can turn into AIDS, the Acquired Immune Deficient Syndrome, an illness that most people can only survive 3 years with. …
Every surface, every living and non-living object or thing, even the air we breathe contains millions and millions of bacteria.
With pathogens occupying even the hottest, coldest, darkest, and most extreme places on the planet, it is no wonder that millions of people around the world fall victim to deadly bacterial infections.
Typhoid fever, pneumonia, gonorrhea, and countless other infections still remain, despite our so-called technological advances during the past decade.
Large pharmaceutical companies have been churning out antibiotics for decades to cure these infections. With bacteria growing resistant to this however, we are constantly one step behind.
Every year, millions of people die globally from illnesses, caused by all sorts of pathogens, viruses, gene mutations, you name it. Researchers all around the world are working to tackle these different problems, working to solve each disease, each illness, each infection.
Quaré sees things differently, though. We want to focus on diseases as a whole, focusing on their root problems and eliminating them. Instead of focusing on one disease at a time, we’re developing our technology so that we can target hundreds of diseases with similar characteristics.
Quaré aims to rid the world of illnesses through state-of-the-art pathogen-detection technology.