Our activity titled “Decoding and Designing”, which was part of the Midlothian science festival, brought the concepts of Bioinformatics and Synthetic Biology to kids. Those are two abstract terms which sound difficult to comprehend and communicate.
With Wordpress for bloggers, Instagram for photographers, YouTube for vloggers, and the world’s loudest-ever microphone in Twitter, there’s quite simply never been a better or easier time to get started in science communication. Not only are there a whole variety of different ways of getting your message out, but social media has also democratised the process. You don’t need to be a professional communicator or even an expert user, you just have to want to give it a try: this is the age of the empowered amateur. The range of technologies also means that…
Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. While TB may seem to be a disease of the past in developed nations, it still kills 1.7 million people annually. Therefore, despite the advances in TB prevention and treatment, complete eradication of this deadly disease is still a global concern.
This is the final instalment of my three-part series that investigates how the correlative link between the gut microbiota and our weight has come to be. Part 3 explores the range of weird and wonderful solutions the market has to offer. Can we force the microbial hand simply through our dietary choices?