In The Age of COVID-19: How Do Pandemics End?

By Chloe Teng As we exceed the seven-month anniversary mark of the declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO), it is now increasingly confusing to understand what defines the “end” of such a global health crisis. On one hand, certain countries such as Brunei and Greenland have barely reported anyContinue reading “In The Age of COVID-19: How Do Pandemics End?”

Gene Therapy for Cancer: The Journey and the Destination

By Charlotte Hutchings Despite extensive attempts and advances in therapy, cancer remains a substantial global health problem. In 2018, there were an estimated 18.1 million new cancer cases and 9.6 million cancer-related deaths worldwide (Bray et al., 2018). Evidently, current treatment modalities are insufficient and novel cancer therapeutics would be highly desirable. Gene therapy isContinue reading “Gene Therapy for Cancer: The Journey and the Destination”

How Ageing has Evolved

By William Carter Every aspect of our biology is ultimately determined by the millions of years of evolution that has shaped it; the discerning and patient hand of natural selection working over countless generations to sculpt our every feature and trait. Our mortality, the apparent absolute antithesis of an advantageous attribute, is a product ofContinue reading “How Ageing has Evolved”

Anti-aging skincare: Science or Scam?

By Katie Lau Upon meeting Bianca Di Salvo, you would never have guessed she was sixty-six years old. Even bare faced, her skin is glowing, her bright eyes dart with energy, and she radiates a youthful spirit.  Di Salvo credits all of this to her painstakingly meticulous skincare routine, honed over two decades. Every morning,Continue reading “Anti-aging skincare: Science or Scam?”

An introduction to the history and importance of genetic counselling

By Caitlin Davies Genetic counselling refers to the transfer of knowledge about genetic disorders from a trained professional to affected families, individuals who are at an increased risk of developing a genetic disorder or affected individuals who are concerned about their reproductive future as well as supporting the individuals through the psychological implications of theContinue reading “An introduction to the history and importance of genetic counselling”

The Implications of COVID-19 for Male Fertility

By Lucy Hamer In December 2019, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) triggered an outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Wuhan City, China (Harapan et al., 2020). 10 months down the line, there have now been 38 million cases globally, causing the loss of over 1 million lives (Worldometer, 2020). Whilst the mainContinue reading “The Implications of COVID-19 for Male Fertility”

The Science Behind Nature Immersion Therapy

By Tamara Claire Fernandez With the temporary closure of public gyms and sports facilities, millions have turned to parks and nature trails to keep active instead. Apart from the physical benefits of exercising in these natural areas, there are more subtle advantages of nature exposure that are often overlooked. From reducing anxiety to boosting immuneContinue reading “The Science Behind Nature Immersion Therapy”

Snails and Skin Care: Why You Should Put Snail Slime on Your Face

By Anna Huang Snail slime is currently a skincare ingredient which is revolutionising the cosmetics and skincare industry (Ellijimi et al., 2018). The slime which snails secrete from their salivary epidermal glands located in the snail’s foot (pedal glands) is also known as snail mucin and covers the entire external surface of the animal (TrapellaContinue reading “Snails and Skin Care: Why You Should Put Snail Slime on Your Face”

Onchocerciasis – how flies can cause ‘river blindness’

By William Craig Onchocerciasis, also known as ‘river blindness’, is a neglected tropical disease (NTD) mainly prevalent in areas of Africa, but also found in Latin America, Yemen and Asia. It is caused by the parasitic worm Onchocerca volvulus, and is transmitted to humans through the bites of infected blackflies from the Simulium genus usuallyContinue reading “Onchocerciasis – how flies can cause ‘river blindness’”

Implications of Herd Immunity in 2020

By Harit Phowatthanasathien Documented for the first time almost a century ago, herd immunity has been the source of controversy in the 2020 world filled with turmoil and disarray. Early research of the herd immunity phenomenon cropped up in the 1930s in communities ravaged by measles. This subtle naturally occurring phenomenon was noticed as aContinue reading “Implications of Herd Immunity in 2020”