Malaria is a serious public health issue with around 229 million cases worldwide (in 2019). The most vulnerable groups (children and pregnant women) cause the vast majority of deaths. Malaria is caused by the Plasmodium parasite. Plasmodium reproduces inside the Anopheles mosquito and the mosquito acts as a vector for transmission of the virus between … Continue reading Could malaria be worsened by climate change?
Mitochondria are organelles that exist in every cell in the body. They make adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is a source of energy needed for all biological processes. As well as this function, they contain genetic information (the nucleus of the cell also contains DNA). The genetic information is responsible for producing proteins, essential biological molecules. … Continue reading Could mitochondrial diseases be eradicated for good?
Immunotherapy is a developing form of treatment for cancer and is becoming more effective as more clinical trials are undertaken. However, there are some drawbacks to these vaccines that need to be resolved in order to make immunotherapy an accepted treatment. Photo Credit: Forbes There are two types of anti-cancer vaccines: preventative and therapeutic. Preventative … Continue reading Anti-cancer vaccines
Britain is a nation of tea lovers. We are obsessed with it for some reason. Although tea originates from Asia, Britain have reclaimed (along with many other things) the hot beverage that is a cuppa. I myself, have at least three cups of tea a day when I’m at home. I never buy a tea … Continue reading The science of a perfect cuppa.
I have always been fascinated with space, but not in the physicist kind of way, more in the muggle stuck on earth kinda of way. It seems pretty magical to me that astronauts have made it to space. I myself would never aspire to BE said astronaut but I do want to know more about … Continue reading The effects of space on our body.
Some hope is being restored as clinical trails for the COVID-19 vaccine pass significant hurdles and milestones. Numerous companies and organisations have been developing the infamous COVID-19 vaccine. Including University of Oxford, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer, most of which are biotech companies. The UK has approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. As of a few days ago, the … Continue reading The COVID-19 Vaccine!
Scientists have started growing organs in space which could help thousands of people waiting for organ transplants and lead to other advancements in medicine. The methods currently used are not as effective as they could be because organs develop in the womb, a gravity-reduced environment. Whilst the Earth’s gravity is constantly pushing down on the … Continue reading Medicine Exploration in Space
It was International Men’s Day a few days ago so some appreciation for males who dominate parental roles in the animal kingdom seems extremely relevant. Although, this is less of a core science topic, it breaches into the ecology sect of biology which has proven to be equally as important to our lives as other … Continue reading Paternity in the animal kingdom
I was recently watching an episode of Brooklyn 99 where a forensic scientist came to teach the 99 team about forensics. The idea of science being involved in police work had completely slipped my mind. But I should know by now that science is deeply integrated into all career paths; in this case as a … Continue reading DNA Profiling
I did not know much about micellar water, just that people use it took clean their faces and remove makeup. Knowing that behind every cosmetic product there is a science, I researched the ingredients of micellar water. Let’s take a look at the ingredients in Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water: Water, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, … Continue reading Micellar Water