University of Pennsylvania
Why not UPenn
While opportunity cost is what we must give up in order to attain what we desire, I’m sure that there is no opportunity cost of attending Penn. From research, volunteering, and publications to distinct majors, the opportunity cost of Penn is nothing compared to that of any other university. The University of Pennsylvania’s research in bioinformatics is the forerunner of treatments of diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and even Sickle Cell Anemia. We’ve all heard of Captain America and the super-soldier serum that made him invincible. At Penn, that science fiction may become a reality. Most recently, Penn scientists transformed neurons into astrocytes in order to protect human brains from concussions. Rather than utilizing pluripotent stem cells, Penn scientists transformed one cell directly into another. Their innovative ideas have provided alternative approaches to the ethical challenges involved in stem cell research. In fact, Penn scientists even regrew cartilage and restored eyesight in humans, rebutting what was deemed impossible in the last decade. One particular professor, Michael Lampson, focuses on cell division and segregation errors that are associated with human cancer, developmental diseases and infertility.
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