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Chernobyl: How is it Affecting the Animals?

April 2016 will mark 20 years since the terrible Chernobyl disaster, which is still the largest nuclear disaster to date. After the disaster, a 30 km ‘exclusion zone’ was set up around the immediate area where the incident occurred, forcing many local people to relocate. Numerous different animal species have returned to the exclusion area, …

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Editing the Genome of a Human Embryo

May 16, 2015 • Snippets • Views: 14

The purpose of gene editing is to repair a defective gene which is responsible for a medical condition. Traditionally, gene therapy involves delivering a gene that is missing or defective to a certain part of the body using viral particles. However, targeted delivery to specific organs presents a

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Studying Techniques: What Do the Psychologists Say?

May 9, 2015 • Snippets • Views: 16

Are you panicking about exams? Are you starting to regret not studying earlier in the year? Have you even resorted to sleeping with a book under your pillow? Fear not! Here is some last minute advice, based on scientific literature of course, to help you make the most of the study period that you

This is what a normal breast cancer cell imaged outside the body looks like.  This high-resolution image was taken with a scanning electron microscope. Image credit: National Institutes of Health via Wikimedia Commons. This image has been released into the public domain by its author.

Breast Cancer Cells Create Their Own Escape Routes: New Insight into Cancer Metastasis

May 2, 2015 • Snippets • Views: 7

An exciting collaboration between scientists at Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory in New York and the University of Cambridge has revealed that breast cancer cells can mimic blood vessels. This ability allows the cancerous cells to create exit routes from the tumour, allowing it to spread throughout

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Focused Ultrasound: Surgery Without the Stitches

April 25, 2015 • Snippets • Views: 4

Focused ultrasound or magnetic resonance-guided high intensity focused ultrasound surgery (MRgFUS) technology is a non-invasive technique developed to target internal body tissues. In the 1950s, Francis and William Fry demonstrated that high intensity focused ultrasound could be used to target deep

3D vaccine assembles into a haystack formation after being injected into the skin.  Image credit: James C. Weaver, Wyss Institute.

Novel 3D Vaccine Against Infectious Diseases

April 18, 2015 • Snippets • Views: 4

Recently, researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have developed a novel 3D vaccine capable of harnessing the immune system to combat cancer and other infectious diseases. The vaccine is injected into the skin, where it spontaneously

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The foreign within

April 4, 2015 • Snippets • Views: 4

A recent study, published in Genome Biology, claims to have found at least 145 ‘foreign’ genes in human DNA . In order to detect these ‘intruders’, a team of scientists scanned human DNA for segments with close resemblance to genes of non-animals (such as fungi or bacteria), but not genes

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How does your handshake smell?

March 28, 2015 • Snippets • Views: 4

You meet someone for the first time and shake their hand in greeting. You chat for a while, lift your hand to your face and then… You sniff it. A study carried out by the department of Neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel has identified a rather unexpected, subconscious