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?
As the SARS-CoV-2, or more commonly known as Covid-19, pandemic continues to spread, epidemiologists seem to be churning out some mindboggling numbers. Recently, I came across a puzzling statistic which concluded that women were less likely to die from contracting Covid-19 than men were. Additionally, this was in the above 65 years category, where there is a higher percentage of women than men. Delving into the literature, looking for an explanation to make sense of the difference in death rate, I found an extremely neat explanation relating to X chromosome inactivation. Continue reading SARS-CoV 2: eXplaining the differences in death rates
I just finished my first online course through the Biochemical Society, which introduced me to Public Engagement and Science Policy. I went into this course having already participated in and designed several public engagement activities, but after being suggested this course as preparation for an upcoming placement, I figured there’s always something new to learn – and wow was I right! Continue reading How the course an “Introduction to Public Engagement and Science Policy” improved my public engagement practice
Viruses are tiny segments of nucleic acids with a lipoprotein coating that are usually only a few nanometers wide but have the ability to cause a massive havoc within a short period, to both plants and animals. In fact, viruses are so pathogenic that they even infect other microorganisms such as bacteria as in the case of bacteriophages! Continue reading Viruses Gone Viral
This e-course ‘Using technology for effective teaching in HE’ is composed of five modules and the course objectives map onto the UKPSF to support candidates for various levels of fellowship of the HEA. The course is incredibly well supported by educational theory, with references provided throughout. The ideas presented are innovative and would be really useful for anyone looking to redesign or update a module or course. Continue reading Biochemical Society e-course review: Using technology for effective teaching in HE