Sleep is an important part of our day and on average a person spends 26 years sleeping! This seems like a large waste of time. However, we should be getting 8 hours sleep every day and adolescents should be getting 10 hours sleep. Those that get less than 7 hours are considered sleep deprived. As … Continue reading Why I dream of sleep.
Us and Them – faults in our understanding of animals.
I have been reading a book by primatologist Frans de Waal called “Are we smart enough to know how smart animals are?”. The book is an amazing display of the faults in our understanding of animal behaviour and cognition. We often group animals in one category and separate animals from humans. Us vs Them. However, … Continue reading Us and Them – faults in our understanding of animals.
Could malaria be worsened by climate change?
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?
Could mitochondrial diseases be eradicated for good?
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
The effects of space on our body.
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.
The COVID-19 Vaccine!
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!
Medicine Exploration in Space
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
Paternity in the animal kingdom
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