Our theme this year is Advancing Human Genetics into Health Action.
Cover Design by Sahil Kumar
Deciphering a Rorschach inkblot can rather encapsulate scientific research: looking at an incomprehensible smudge and trying to decide how it can show something significant. Either decoding the image of a Rorschach inkblot or the result of scientific research depends on the perception and interpretation of what is ambiguously presented before you; every person will see a slightly different image and form a separate narrative based on experiences, bias, and opinion. As an undergraduate laboratory assistant, I would observe Nissl stained murine brain slices with as much conviction as understanding a metaphorical inkblot. The symmetrical lobes and ventricles would create a different image depending on the location of the slice. Research to define genetic biomarkers for neurodegenerative diseases is of current interest for early detection, but often scavenging the brain for answers devises more mystery than it uncovers. Perhaps there will never be one correct answer, but the continual research will allow for the possibility of uncovering unerring biomarkers for their use in health action.