Women in Biotechnology

Written by Talia Araña
Edited by Anna Divinagracia
Graphics by Trasy Ipapo

“Listen to the scientists.”

It’s a phrase we hear often — too often, in fact. Why?

“The Philippines ought to invest in research. We should realize that science-based solutions are more reliable and effective, especially in global threats such as a pandemic,” said J-Ann Marie Lego, a Science Research Specialist from the National Institute for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University of the Philippines (UP).

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Written by Jammy Mapa
Edited by Nikki Meneses
Graphics by Brielle Romero

Have you ever experienced reading an article filled with so much scientific jargon that you could no longer understand it? That is just one of the many examples of ineffective science communication.

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LGBTQ+ Rep in Tech

Written by Alex Cruz
Edited by Hannah Manuel
Graphics by Gwen Valimento

Love is one of the few things that seem impossible to code into a computer. We, ourselves, often have a hard time understanding what exactly love is. The thing is, we can’t teach computers to be discriminatory either — to them, everything is made up of mere 1s and 0s. That being said, we’ve looked up and talked to two women in technology who have made great strides in making sure that equality isn’t limited to computer codes. print(“Love Wins!”).

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Written by Talia Araña and Fran Fabricante
Edited by Christiana Reyes
Graphics by Trasy Ipapo

“Ang education makakapaghintay ‘yan. Pero hindi ko pa [kayang] i-risk ang safety ng mga anak ko kapag lumabas na lang sila. Natatakot ako na baka mamaya pag-uwi nito galing sa school eh may COVID-19 na pala.”

(“Education can wait. I’m not risking the safety of my children when they go out. I fear if they attend school, they will come home infected with COVID-19.”)

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“Who is the first person that comes into your mind when you hear the words ‘tech industry’?” 

Ask anyone that question, and you’ll probably hear the repetitive answers: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and, never forget, Mark Zuckerberg. Nowadays, most of the world relates the tech industry with male domination, thanks to the media’s focus on “male tech genius” tropes with those three men first on the list and with stories of their lives on screens and on the headlines. 

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Written by Marla Abao
Edited by Jes de Joya
Graphics by Xixi Tankiamco

In this day and age, everything is accessible with the click of a button and in the blink of an eye. Indeed, accessibility is a wonderful feat that technology has brought us so far. From instant communication methods (hello, Messenger and Viber) to random memes and videos that have influenced nearly the entire world (looking at you, TikTok and YouTube), the Internet is a platform that has been aiming to aid our everyday needs. In fact, people joke that there’s an app for nearly everything!

As we use these technologies everyday, we become more reliant, and maybe a bit too comfortable with how we use it. Although it’s extremely convenient, we’re starting to be less careful with what we’re clicking and what we’re sharing with the world. You might have heard the saying “think before you click”, but have you ever really reflected on why this is particularly important?

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Written by Anna Divinagracia
Edited by Dona Marabe
Graphics by Xixi Tankiamco

This article contains strong language, sexual content, graphic narratives, and other themes that may not be suitable for younger audiences. Kindly read at your own discretion.

What radicalized you? What experiences in your life made you think? Which moment changed you?

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