Did you know that there are fewer human cells in our body than bacterial cells? For the human body to contain anything other than our own cells has always caused controversy; however, the idea of a second genome has been around for a while. Continue reading What is the Second Genome and how does it affect us?
On 3 March 2020, members of the bioscience community gathered at the Science Museum in London to celebrate the Royal Society of Biology’s (RSB) 10th Anniversary. Continue reading Celebrating 10 years of collaboration with the Royal Society of Biology
There is something special about understanding how life works on a molecular level. How atoms are rearranged by machines that are Angstroms across, or how the flow of single protons through a channel is needed for making the ATP we need to function. Unfortunately, for many students, they cannot enjoy the nanoscale journey because they get so focused on the formulae and reactions. Providing an immersive opportunity for play seems to be turning that around. Continue reading Biochemnopoly
In December, the Biochemical Society awarded me a travel grant to attend the 2019 ASCB EMBO meeting. I am a final year PhD student in a small lab, so being able to travel to an international conference without depleting my research budget was an opportunity for which I am very grateful. Continue reading Attending the 2019 ASCB EMBO meeting
The extracellular matrix (ECM) has fascinated me ever since I was a student, newly introduced to the concept that interactions between cells build and sustain multi-cellular tissues. Unlike the cells of plants or fungi, animal cells have no cell wall: molecules secreted by animal cells into the extracellular space can bind directly to plasma membrane receptors to influence gene expression and cell behaviour. Continue reading Guest editing an issue of ‘Essays in Biochemistry’ on the Extracellular Matrix