By Mark Roberts There was a time where scientific debate only happened in the letter pages of national newspapers. However, as research developed and became more specialised, scientific discourse moved into journals found only in institutional libraries, creating barriers between those undertaking the science and the wider public. More recently, the discourse has moved to a two-way dialogue with the public; engagement rather than outreach. … Continue reading Why should scientists be engaging the public?
When studying how a bicycle works, we can break it down into its composite parts (e.g. the gears, brakes and wheels) and study each part in isolation. But although we would become experts on the parts, the gears, brakes, or wheels, we would still need to integrate knowledge across these parts to understand how the whole bicycle system works, or how a change in one part of this system would affect other parts. This rationale can be applied similarly to the study of disease mechanisms. Continue reading Systems Biology: Leveraging Biological Complexity and Computational Power
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