This is the first instalment of my three-part series that investigates how the correlative link between the gut microbiota and our weight has come to be. Obesity is a worldwide epidemiological epidemic and current interventions, both medical and lifestyle, are failing to thwart its increasing prevalence. The discovery of that the gut microbial community is implicated in our expanding waistlines has spurred attempts to manipulate its composition – with novel procedures exploding onto the wellness scene.
This article discusses the events that follow a viral infection and reveals how an extended period of self-targeting, a side-effect that is otherwise associated with immunity, is minimised so as to avoid cell death.
In this blog Melissa talks about her experience developing and piloting a science outreach activity funded by the Biochemical Society.
Lauren Cutmore, Bart’s Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London
How do you think science is portrayed in the media?
Do you think it’s important to communicate your research with the general public? These were both questions that were posed at the Stand Up for Science workshop in Manchester on Friday 13 April.