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Coronavirus – is it just “a type of ‘flu”?

Added: 2 Apr 2020

The virology, genomics, epidemiology and medical response – Chief Virology Examiner at the Institut…

Shining a light on diabetes

Added: 17 Mar 2020

The complexity of glycogen storage diseases like diabetes means a reductionist approach just won’t …

Does gene therapy put safety second?

Added: 15 Mar 2020

The delivery of gene therapies relies almost entirely on viral vectors. So, when it comes to the pr…

Breaking the mould with jellyfish

Added: 12 Mar 2020

The study of cells has perhaps been the most impactful way we have developed modern medicine Here w…

Enemy at the gates

Added: 4 Mar 2020

As coronavirus continues to spread around the globe and vaccine hesitancy threatens the return of l…

Caught in the long grass

Added: 19 Feb 2020

Forensic botany, the use of plants as evidence in serious crime cases, is a little-known specialist…

The new frontline

Added: 13 Feb 2020

Using big data analysis and knowledge networks is the new frontier in combating infectious disease …

(A)I must insist

Added: 10 Feb 2020

In a data-rich research landscape – only a mix of man and machine will give us hope of extracting k…

A new landscape for CRISPR?

Added: 6 Feb 2020

As a Chinese court imposes a three-year jail term on a scientist who used gene editing on at least …

Taming the smoking gun

Added: 4 Feb 2020

With the explosion in popularity of vaping, safety regulators have been scrambling to catch up. One…

A certain ratio

Added: 27 Jan 2020

Has CRISPR just given us the ability to change the sex ratio in mammals? Dermot Martin reports on n…

Can we afford to cure the incurable?

Added: 14 Jan 2020

Putting us on the very cusp of a medical revolution – gene therapy could cure the incurable. But as…

Shifting the access barrier

Added: 8 Jan 2020

Are scientists put on a pedestal? And does that put people off engaging with their science? As a na…

Time to be selective

Added: 15 Dec 2019

As the AMR crisis looms large, we would do well to look beyond classic drug targets says Dr Thomas …

Moving from push to pull

Added: 9 Dec 2019

Nothing less than an entirely new model of drug development is needed if we are to create new antib…

A very positive destruction

Added: 2 Dec 2019

Totally eradicating disease is a very rare thing indeed and requires, among other things, global co…

Why we need a science of science

Added: 25 Nov 2019

At the launch of a new initiative to understand how research is funded, practiced and evaluated, Pr…

Make ‘em laugh, make ‘em think…

Added: 11 Nov 2019

The Ig Nobel awards ceremony is a highlight of the scientific calendar with its celebration of unco…

Time to reconcile science and philosophy

Added: 4 Nov 2019

Despite close historical ties, philosophy and science have had a bumpy relationship in the modern e…

More power to you

Added: 28 Oct 2019

Our need for battery power is insatiable and current lithium-ion anode technology just won’t cut it…