Healthcare

Umbilical cords as a treatment for cancer

Hi everyone, An interesting article that caught my attention on the BBC recently was discussing the rise in individuals storing their umbilical cord blood in private blood banks as opposed to public stem cell banks. I thought that today I’d chat a bit about the issues surrounding this, and start a bit of a discussion about… Continue reading Umbilical cords as a treatment for cancer

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University

Inspiring Women in Science

Hi everyone! During March, I was enthused to see that my university celebrated International Women’s Day. However this got me thinking... When I, and probably many others, think of scientists, I think of very wrinkly, old men (sorry Darwin) and it is acknowledged to be a male-dominated field. In fact, the percentage of women working… Continue reading Inspiring Women in Science

Healthcare

Murderers and the Anatomy Act

Hi Everyone, Not many of you probably think about what happens when something is removed from your body during a GP visit or a hospital trip. Anything from a small skin sample to a mastectomy, if you live in the UK, these will make their way to your local histology lab. Whilst here, they will… Continue reading Murderers and the Anatomy Act

Healthcare

The World’s most dangerous emerging problem – antibiotic resistance

Hi Everyone! Antibiotics have been treating bacterial infections since the discovery of penicillin in the 1940s.  They work by disrupting the survival mechanisms that bacteria rely on to thrive in the body. However, these drugs are becoming less effective and as it stands, there are no other treatments available. How does antibiotic resistance occur? During… Continue reading The World’s most dangerous emerging problem – antibiotic resistance

Healthcare

Routine DNA tests predicting disease risk

Hi everyone! If you live in England you may be aware that the NHS has just revealed that they are offering to perform DNA tests on patients, if they agree to provide this information to scientists. Knowledge on genes will help better understanding on human diseases and the genetics involved in these. The NHS already… Continue reading Routine DNA tests predicting disease risk

University

NHS PLACEMENT; what is it like?

Hi Everyone, Following the positive response from my posts about being a biomedical scientist and the emails that I received asking about my placement, I thought that I'd chat about my own experiences working within an NHS laboratory. Just as a disclaimer before I begin, obviously this post is a little bit more centered towards… Continue reading NHS PLACEMENT; what is it like?

World Affairs

From Russia with Love… Snow Experiments for Kids

Hi everyone! A bit of a fun snow themed post is coming your way today as the United Kingdom is experiencing some delightful snow courtesy of the 'Beast from the East'. I know for many of you, snow is a normal part of winter but here in the UK, we rarely have snow for longer… Continue reading From Russia with Love… Snow Experiments for Kids