It occurred to me that I’m a geneticist writing a science blog and I’ve never written about the phenomenon that is CRISPR/Cas9. Anyone vaguely interested in science, and I’m assuming that must include you, dear Reader, cannot have failed to hear about this technique which has taken the biomedical research field by storm in recent… Read More CRISPR: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
What’s the harm? That’s the question I’m sometimes asked when I’ve explained why a particular pseudoscience or alternative medicine is nothing but BS. If someone wants to have a few needles stuck in them or to swallow a sugar pill, who cares? They’re happy and they’re not harming anyone. My answer is that belief in… Read More What’s The Harm?
When you’re writing a blog I always find it helps to have a compelling image or video to go along with it. Today I have managed to rustle up a video of a pig’s heart inside a robotic sleeve, so that should just about do it. The fist sized device is designed to improve the… Read More Robotic Sleeve Helps A Broken Heart To Pump
Few things could be more terrifying for a parent than to be told that your child needs to have heart surgery. Unless you happen to be a paediatric heart surgeon it’s very likely that you are going to have to completely put your trust in the team of medical professionals carrying out the surgery; you’re… Read More Interpreting Medical Outcome Data
It has been over a decade since the first draft of the human genome was completed. I was in my final year studying genetics and it seemed like it was only a matter of time until we had a cure for everything from cancer to cystic fibrosis. As you may have noticed, progress has not… Read More Gene Therapy Cure for Childhood Cancer