Most biologists would agree that the most extraordinary development of the 21st century has been the discovery and manipulation of the CRISPR/Cas9 method of gene editing – a natural defence mechanism that bacteria use to defend against viral infection which scientists have hijacked to modify the DNA sequence of living cells. Continue reading Prime editing – a cutting edge new development in genomic engineering
I was absolutely thrilled when I heard I had won the Biochemical Society’s 2019 Industry and Academic Collaboration award! Continue reading Industry and Academic Collaboration 2019 award winner
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?
There are many bacteria all around us, some are beneficial while others can cause disease. The way in which different bacteria cause disease are varied. Some bacteria use a certain infection mechanism known as the type III secretion system which functions just like a tiny biological needle. Continue reading Some Bacteria Use Tiny Biological Needles to Make Us Sick!