Life Sciences

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Caring for Bacteria in Intensive Care Patients

Compared to healthy people, patients in Intensive Care Units have drastically different gut bacteria – leaving them vulnerable to serious infection and even death.

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Shrimp Fight Club: Wasteful or Lifesaving?

October 14, 2016 • Features, Life Sciences • Views: 10

Research on the mantis shrimp was initially scoffed at but quickly gained respect — why did people change their minds so quickly?


The Cupid Called Brain

October 11, 2016 • Features, Life Sciences • Views: 22

Love and heartbreak — just chemicals? Alisha Aman explores the biology of falling in and out of love, and how it serves an evolutionary purpose.

A vampire bat, ready for the next blood meal. Image by Mark Dumont via flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Tracking Bat Movements to Predict Rabies Outbreaks

October 8, 2016 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 114

Disease-carrying bats may bring deadly rabies outbreaks to the Peruvian coast by 2019, scientists predict.

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Devils’ Fight Club: Evolution vs. Cancer

September 29, 2016 • Features, Life Sciences • Views: 223

Nope, this is not a Pokémon Go match we’re talking about: a new study shows that Tasmanian devils are evolving new ways to fight a deadly cancer.


Epigenetic Engineering — The Next Generation of Gene Editing

September 12, 2016 • Features, Life Sciences • Views: 467

Laura Turpeinen casts light on the state of the art of CRISPR-Cas9 epigenetic editing and evaluates its potential for gene therapy.


Science Slam IV — Thinking Outside the Tesseract

September 10, 2016 • Features, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences • Views: 716

The fourth annual Science Slam took place on the 14th of July 2016 at the Cottier Theatre in Hyndland. Our roving reporter, Rebecca McHugh, was on hand to take in the wide variety of subjects these seven PhD students were speaking on.

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Wait and See: A New Approach for Making a Champion

September 5, 2016 • Features, Life Sciences • Views: 386

For many years sporting organisations have recruited children and forced them to specialise in a specific sport. In this article, Christian C Nyberg investigates evidence on why organisations should hold off before pigeonholing an athlete.