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  • CRISPR. Nobel Prize for Chemistry and How to Change the colour of Cows!!

    CRISPR. Nobel Prize for Chemistry and How to Change the colour of Cows!!

    24 October, 2020

    Emmanuelle Charpentier of the Max Planck Institute in Germany and Jennifer Doudna at the University of California, Berkeley, each received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Their pioneering work in 2012 led to development of a technique called CRISPR

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  • Hepatitis C & The Nobel Prize in Physiology.

    Hepatitis C & The Nobel Prize in Physiology.

    24 October, 2020

    Hepatitis C. Today we take blood transfusions for granted but they play a critical role in healthcare. The NHS needs 1.6 million units (pints) of blood every year to meet patients’ needs in England, but to do this requires 200,000 new donors annually. Donated blood has a life of 35 days. A reliable and safe source of blood is essential but before the discovery of hepatitis this could not be assured.

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  • COVID-19 Vaccine. Do We Have Enough Glass Vials and Syringes?

    COVID-19 Vaccine. Do We Have Enough Glass Vials and Syringes?

    10 October, 2020

    The Hidden Logistics of a COVID-19 Vaccine; ‘Vials and stoppers are only trivial if you have them. If you do not have them, they cease to be trivial. A shortage of any one of those will act as a bottleneck.’

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  • The Opioid Crisis; Why Concern over Codeine and Tramadol is Rising

    The Opioid Crisis; Why Concern over Codeine and Tramadol is Rising

    27 September, 2020

    The Opioid Crisis. The NHS Business Services Authority estimate that 12.8% of the adult population in England were prescribed opioids in 2017/18. According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) there is an underlying pattern of increasing deaths in the UK in which an opioid pain medicine, especially tramadol, is mentioned as present on the death certificate.

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  • A COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate. The UK has Bought 4 Vaccines. When will they be Ready?

    A COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate. The UK has Bought 4 Vaccines. When will they be Ready?

    18 September, 2020

    Governments around the world have pledged billions of dollars for a COVID-19 vaccine candidate. A COVID-19 vaccine is the most valuable and eagerly sought-after medical prize of recent times

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  • Is Sitting The New Smoking?

    Is Sitting The New Smoking?

    4 September, 2020

    ‘How could evolution produce an organism that responds so poorly to rest?’ By contrast bears, bats and a handful of other mammals spend their winters in hibernation, showing no ill effects when they wake up as spring arrives. What is it different for humans?

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  • Psychobiotics and How our Gut Bacteria Influence our Mental State

    Psychobiotics and How our Gut Bacteria Influence our Mental State

    24 July, 2020

    Psychobiotics is a rapidly emerging area of research that has begun to reveal a link between how  bacteria in our colon can influence our mood.

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  • Oxford  Vaccine Phase I&II Trial results and New Inhaled Treatment SNG001

    Oxford Vaccine Phase I&II Trial results and New Inhaled Treatment SNG001

    24 July, 2020

    Oxford Vaccine Update and results from Phase I & II Trails and a New Inhaled nebuliser Treatment based on Interferon B

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