Transforming the In2scienceUK programme to virtual delivery

I probably don’t need to say it, but 2020 has turned out very differently than expected. When I started as Head of Programmes at In2scienceUK in January, I didn’t expect to spend more time working from home than I had in the office, or work with the team to transform the In2scienceUK in person work experience placements and workshops to an entirely Virtual Placement Programme. … Continue reading Transforming the In2scienceUK programme to virtual delivery

The fly saga: How Drosophila became the queen of genetics

The importance and use of the Drosophila sp. as an animal model has revolutionized the field of genetics and molecular biology. In 1909, T.H. Morgan used the fruit flies for the first time in his laboratory. Since that day many milestone discoveries have been made in the field Continue reading The fly saga: How Drosophila became the queen of genetics

Exercise protects against cancer – but how?

A study found that blood (serum) collected after a single bout of exercise (‘acute exercise’) was able to reduce cancer cell growth. Interestingly, serum collected at rest but after 6-months of exercise training had no effect. This suggests that the biochemical changes involved in the acute response to exercise can have direct anti-cancer effects. Continue reading Exercise protects against cancer – but how?

Part 2 – The UK National Industrial Biotechnology Strategy to 2030: What is the role for responsible research and innovation?

This is the second part of our commentary in which we look at the ways in which ideas of responsible research and innovation (RRI) are discussed in recent UK discourse on industrial biotechnology (IB) innovation, in particular the UK’s National IB Strategy to 2030. Continue reading Part 2 – The UK National Industrial Biotechnology Strategy to 2030: What is the role for responsible research and innovation?