Biological control – how nature is our friend and our foe

By Simran Patel Pests threaten lives and livelihoods when they damage crops1. While it’s easy for people to directly blame pests, outbreaks are the result of poor ecological decisions by humans. We grow monocultures in which every crop is susceptible to the same pest, and pests can hitchhike ships and planes to invade places theyContinue reading Biological control – how nature is our friend and our foe

Is monkeypox the new COVID?

By Jasper Kan Recently, the rise of monkeypox cases worldwide alarmed the COVID-19- recovering world. The lessons learnt from the coronavirus pandemic resulted in increased caution to prevent another outbreak. However, the question arose as to whether it is as big a threat as COVID was.  Humans can be infected with monkeypox by either directContinue reading “Is monkeypox the new COVID?”

Can we exit the need for Fetal Bovine Serum?

By Alice de Bernardy In biomedical research, cell cultures are widely used to model in vitro the response of different cell lines to different treatments or manipulations, in order to further understand how humans work. To grow cells in a dish, researchers need to mimic the right environment for the cells to proliferate and keepContinue reading Can we exit the need for Fetal Bovine Serum?

A brain in a dish, the future of brain organoids

By Alice de Bernardy Currently, lumbar punction of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) represents the main source of information we have about a brain’s health in vivo. While animal models have allowed for a vast amount of research to be conducted, they can be limiting in reflecting the level of complexity of the Human brain and can’t alwaysContinue reading A brain in a dish, the future of brain organoids

Toxins from amphibian skin have potential therapeutic applications

By Wang Guo Pathogenic microbes and cancer cells evolve due to natural selection caused by interactions with the immune system. Therefore, researchers and pharmaceutical companies must be constantly innovating and developing new drugs to fight existing diseases, but also newly emerging ones. However, creating a new drug from scratch is an extremely arduous, time-consuming andContinue reading Toxins from amphibian skin have potential therapeutic applications

The Impact of Military Conflicts on Healthcare

By Jasper Kan It was not until Florence Nightingale’s work did the world attribute the lack of healthcare as a major cause of casualties at war. Exposed wounds serve as an optimal breeding ground of pathogens, while healthcare personnel treating them were sabotaged. Also, the impact of direct injuries were dwarfed by its indirect accelerationContinue reading “The Impact of Military Conflicts on Healthcare”

The role of endocannabinoids in a Runner’s High

By Alice de Bernardy *article written in June, 2022 It has widely been shown that exercise improves the mood and makes people “happy”.1 Exercise can result in beneficial outcomes such as raising the level of confidence, taking part in a social activity, and achieving objectives. However, during exercise, one might experience a particular “flow” reaching itsContinue reading The role of endocannabinoids in a Runner’s High

A review of erythropoietin and its use in doping

By Anaya Sirothia Upon hearing the term ‘doping’ in sports, many recall the drug scandal involving Lance Armstrong in 2012, or perhaps the disqualification of Festina from 1998’s Tour de France.1 As the news coverage focused primarily on the athletes themselves and the implications of the doping on their respective sports, the science behind theseContinue reading “A review of erythropoietin and its use in doping”

An introduction into NK cell cancer immunotherapy – Pharmaceuticals

By Easha Vigneswaran Cancer, one of the most difficult diseases to treat, is at the forefront of the pharmaceutical world for the development of treatments. From drugs to monoclonal antibodies, all forms of therapy are being tested with many having vast amounts of success. However, inevitably, there are also many cancers that are becoming increasinglyContinue reading An introduction into NK cell cancer immunotherapy – Pharmaceuticals”

Will smoking really reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease? 

By Themis Halka  Alzheimer’s disease is a preoccupying neurodegenerative disease, and the leading cause of dementia. Treatment of Alzheimer’s disease can only relieve symptoms and slow down neuronal death – there is no cure available to restore the loss of neural tissue. Therefore, acting on the risk factors and finding new neuroprotective agents that couldContinue reading Will smoking really reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease?