Embryo cells viewed under a microscope.

A couple sits close, intently studying a dossier. On the dossier is a list starting with Embryo #1.

Amused, I clicked the hashtag #menaresofragile and learned that a clinical trial for TU NET-EN, an injectable male contraceptive, had been cancelled due to “intolerable side effects.” As I looked around the Internet that day, I saw that the hashtag reflected widespread outrage among women: we have had to stomach the unpleasant side effects of hormonal contraceptives for decades, and now an entire study is down the tubes because men can’t handle a little bit of acne?
Photo of Dr. Chris Lin
“I’m a father of three children and it is inherent to want to share one’s experience and knowledge to the next generation. It would be my dream for one of my children to choose dentistry as their career, but that would be my desire and not theirs. I consider all of my dental students as my sons and daughters and I enjoy sharing my life experience with all of them. Currently, I teach in the Simulation Lab with D1 and D2 students and the externs that select my site in my community clinic. I get the best of both worlds.”
A circle of hands meet at a center point.
By Ray

In college, I used to have this one thought every finals week after weekends of pushing back studying while going to bars and binging on TV shows, only to finally cram in the library and study like a life depended on it.

HIV rates are declining as a whole among men who have sex with men, but rates aren’t decreasing for Black and Latino populations. The goal is Getting to Zero, but are the institutions dedicated to the cause actually dedicated to these groups?

A baby sleeps with a smile on her face.

Student packed room 301 in Health Sciences West to lend an open ear to Dr. Felicia De La Garza Mercer of Student Health and Counseling Service.

It’s spring break and the pause in coursework has given me a moment to reflect on medical school and my experiences since beginning eight months ago. The past eight months have gone by in a blur. My go to line when people ask how medical school is going is to say, “It’s going”, because it is. Still, there have been some great “this is med school” moments mixed in.
The March for Science logo

Science has always been politicized. Whether it comes to research funding or classroom curriculum, political values and agendas continuously shape the scientific endeavor and its development. However, under the current political climate, science is being directly threatened and outspokenly admonished. From the deletion of White House pages on climate change to threats on NASA’s Earth Science Division funding, concerns about the growing politicization of science are rapidly resurfacing.

A photo of a packet of birth control pills circa 1960s.
This week, Synapse proudly resumes the historical column, This Date in UCSF History, where we take a look at the issues making campus news throughout the newspaper’s 60-year existence. We start with a headline from 50 years ago.
Photo of President Jimmy Carter circa 1977.

Despite President Donald Trump’s assertion that “Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated,” it has, in fact, been a thorn in the side of presidents for decades.