CRISPR: Can it really offer us hope?

There is a new kid on the block in the world of biology. One which has instigated a huge upheaval in biomedical laboratories across the world. CRISPR or clustered regularly interspaced palindromic repeats is a form of gene editing technology which not only brings hope to the table but a heap of controversy too.


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Mode of action of CRISPR/Cas9.This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.



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Citizen Science: biohacking its way into the mainstream

Science. A subject which was once dominated by middle class white men. Well, sort of, if you discredit the likes of influential females such as Rosalind Franklin and Marie Curie. Regardless, to be a part of that world you needed to be a “scientist”. Today, “proper” scientists have PhD’s, at the very least, most have degrees. However, that is all changing. Maybe not in the mainstream sense but across the globe citizen science or biohacking is putting science in the front rooms of the public. Continue reading “Citizen Science: biohacking its way into the mainstream”

Transfusion and vCJD

In light of the recent announcement of the UK wide inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal from the 1970s and 80s, this week’s post is all about blood. Well, more about the way blood transfusion guidelines have been adapted since the mad cow’s disease scandal from the late 1980s. Continue reading “Transfusion and vCJD”

The 100 000 Genomes Project

On a recent visit to King’s College Hospital, I couldn’t help but notice a sign displayed in the corner of the corridor. Everyone knows hospital corridors are drab places, each one looks and smells the same, which is probably why the sign caught my eye so well.
Hospital patients now have the opportunity to make an impact on the future of health and medicine by donating blood samples to the 100 000 genomes project. Patients and their family members can donate samples of their blood to the project to help scientists expand on their knowledge of cancers and other more rarer diseases.

The poster I spotted on a visit to hospital.


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