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More gain, less pain with liquid biopsies

Added: 26 Jun 2020

Following on from a previous article; Liquid Gold, published on 21 January 2019, Dermot Martin revi…

GSK partners CRISPR discoverer to develop rapid COVID-19 test

Added: 5 Jun 2020

Gene editor turns gene detective: Dermot Martin investigates a successful COVID-19 test development…

Re-purposing familiar drugs to defend against COVID 19

Sarah Lawton | Added: 15 May 2020

By Dermot Martin

Drugs with a successful track record against rare diseases occasionally show posi…

What’s your poison?

Sarah Lawton | Added: 11 May 2020

Why are so many drugs derived from natural sources on the market to treat human disease? Venom-mast…

Going round in circles

Added: 9 Apr 2020

Single use plastics are a staple in the lab – but they are also are part of the plastics pollution …

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…

Enemy at the gates

Added: 4 Mar 2020

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

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…

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…

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…

Innovation and sustainability for your lab

Added: 14 Oct 2019

Source new technologies, future-proof your laboratory and find out ways to make procurement sustain…

It’s in the blood

Added: 7 Oct 2019

Despite – or perhaps because of – its importance, some of the world’s most deadly diseases have the…

Law and disorder

Added: 23 Sep 2019

We have been working on Alzheimer’s for a long time… so where are all the therapeutic drugs? Here D…

Defending our last line

Added: 10 Sep 2019

Swift action is vital in the battle against AMR. But as our last lines of defense begin to fall to …

Matter over mind

Added: 10 Sep 2019

Materials science and nanotech are vital for developing implantable microdevices but there are seve…

A mysterious relationship

Added: 28 Aug 2019

It is hardly a secret that obesity continues to emerge as a pandemic, but less well known is the bi…