Superbugs are supervillains. They have become a huge threat to our society and the World Health Organisation estimates that they will become the global leading cause of death by 2050. Clearly this is a growing problem! ‘Superbugs’ is a colloquial term for bacterial cells that have developed resistance to antibiotics. They are becoming increasingly common … Continue reading Superbugs: not the giant beetle but the powerful bacterium.
Regeneration always reminds me of the Doctor in Doctor Who. He (or she, in most recent episodes) has the ability to regenerate into a different person altogether. Unfortunately, the Doctor is an alien and a fictional character. So we are far from having this ability. However, regeneration can be in the form of regrowing limbs. … Continue reading Regeneration. Science-fiction?
The instant of the Big Bang gave birth to hydrogen, helium and a small amount of lithium. Hydrogen and helium are the main elements that fuse to give stars their heat, energy and intrinsic brightness. When discussing matters of cosmology I may have neglected lithium slightly. Lithium is one of the oldest elements in the … Continue reading Where Did All The Lithium Go?
Norovirus is also known as the winter vomiting bug as it is more common in the winter months but it can occur at any time of the year. Before being called Norovirus is was called Norwalk Agent after the place it was first identified, Norwalk, Ohio. In 1968 an acute gastroenteritis outbreak occurred in the … Continue reading Norovirus – A Tummy-turner of a Virus