Imagine if we could find a way to make practically every product in the world, from plastic to medicine to food, faster, cheaper, and more sustainable. It sounds unreal, right?

That’s synthetic biology, the design and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems, and the re-design of existing, natural…


Society has a zero-tolerance policy for plane crashes.

If a plane crashes, it is in the news. Investigations are conducted, the cause of the crash is found, individuals and corporations are held liable, and policies are put in place to prevent it from happening again.

However, car crashes are another…


On any given day, we engage in countless actions, from simply opening the window in your room when you wake up to washing your face before going to bed at night.

You’re not consistently analyzing every single one of these actions. …


Between 1967 and 1989, the country of Romania had a communist dictator under the name of Nicolae Ceausescu.

Romania was neither wealthy nor stable during this time. As Ceausescu realized that the strength of his country was dependent on human capital, based on Stalinist dogmas from the 1930s, he had…


Our appetite is one of the core biological behaviors we need to engage in. It is based on and controlled by not only physical demands but by a strong evolutionary drive.

However, our current landscape looks incredibly different in terms of access to foods than it did millions of years…


Why we can’t keep ignoring women’s pain.

We are ignoring women’s pain.

A survey published in 2019, surveying 42,879 women across the world, found the following results.

Not only do 85% of women experience dysmenorrhea, or intense menstrual cramping, in addition to pelvic pain when on their period, but 77%…


I have a question for you.

What makes a chick so different from a rooster? Sure, they look very different, but why do they behave so differently?

Characteristically, roosters tend to be more dominant creatures. They make their presence known, whether that be through strutting around and displaying their feathers…


Leveraging artificial intelligence to detect the leading cause of infertility, a condition which millions of women don’t know they have.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

A three-letter word that has impacted the lives and future of millions of women and girls worldwide.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS, is a condition that not…


Every year, over 130,000 women in the United States itself are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and over 4,000 of these women will die from it.

Cervical cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer for women worldwide, but because it develops over time, it is also one of the…


I remember sitting in my 8th grade English class as we were all going around one day, naming a family member for whom we were grateful. I remember the boy who raised his hand shyly and shared that he was grateful for his mom, who had been battling breast cancer.

Manasi Gajjalapurna

15 y/o researching neuroscience & women’s health | a collection of my thoughts | manasigajjalapurna.com

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