By Rietie Venter, University of South Australia
In the 1940s the well-known British vet James Herriot administered the brand-new antibiotic penicillin to a sick animal and the amazing, speedy recovery that followed was in his words “like witnessing a miracle”. Barely 70 years later, I got an infection in a caesarean wound and I was terrified that these miracle drugs would not work anymore.
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By Nicola Faramarzi, University of Westminster
Applying for a PhD can be tough. It is unlike other types of job applications and often candidates are not prepared for or aware of the desired formalities involved. Particularly for lab-based PhDs, sending a generic CV and personal statement just will not do.
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By Caroline Wood, University of Sheffield
It’s a bit ironic really that my PhD topic ended up being the parasitic plant Striga gesnerioides. This notorious weed cannot survive without a host, so as soon as it germinates it attaches itself to the roots of a susceptible victim. A plant rather similar, then, to the mental illness I have been struggling with for over six years now.
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Hannah Sutcliffe, University of Edinburgh,
When the chance to apply for a policy internship at the UK Parliament arose, I jumped at the opportunity to find out more about how scientific evidence is used by policy makers.
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