About theGIST

Glasgow Insight into Science and Technology (theGIST) is a student science magazine and network based at University of Glasgow and Strathclyde University. With over 50 contributors, we produce weekly articles, monthly videos and occasional podcasts; we set up workshops and seminars; and we publish a printed magazine. We consist mainly of undergrads and postgrads but also welcome members of staff. Our continued goal is to communicate science clearly, accurately and passionately – to anyone in love with science.

Besides our wonderful contributors, we also have an inner team of hard-working, gloriously geeky admins. If you have a specific question you need to ask or need to get in touch with a specific person, have a look at our admin page for a list of our admins and their bios. For general enquiries, contact editor@the-gist.org.

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Other Articles

The Book of Life – Rewritten?

All life we know shares one common feature: DNA. From bacteria to humans, our genetic code is written in the same 4 chemical “letters”, the nucleotides Adenine (A), Thymine (T), Guanine (G) and Cytosine (C) – at least until recently. Last month, researchers from The Scripps Research Institute in California reported that they have successfully … More


Defusing the neurology time bomb- A new gene therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) – familiar to many because of the philanthropic efforts of the Michael J Fox Foundation – is a pernicious neurological disease that affects 1% of people over 60 . The financial burden on the NHS is estimated to be between £449 million and a staggering £3.3 billion per year , yet the … More


Harm Reduction

Last year saw the rise of turbo-ecstasy, pills of various guises, which were adulterated with PMA or PMMA . Whilst these compounds are related to MDMA (the active ingredient in ecstasy) they have the potential to cause toxic effects at relatively low doses. In essence, taking two tablets of regular ecstasy (at a typical concentration) … More


Tasty Science- Mystery Menu Dinner Party

The dinner took place in the basement of the Stravaigin restaurant, which is known for its innovative and high quality menu. Inspiration for the dinner came from the observation that nowadays, in times of genetically modified and highly processed food, we often don’t know what our food contains. One of the most significant incidents was … More