Part One: Could a spider-toxin weaponised fungus fight Malaria?

Malaria infects over 200 million people each year and is the cause of hundreds of thousands of deaths, with mosquitoes becoming insecticide resistant and questions being raised on how insecticides could impact human health, what are our next steps?

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The beautiful magic of bioluminescence

I’m very excited to say that this article features beautiful illustrations by the wonderful and hugely talented illustrator Holly Astle! Thank you for reading and be sure to check out her links at the end of this (quite long) article.  

Walking along some famous beaches or swimming in certain oceans, you will see your footsteps glow in the sand, or the ocean light up with flashes of light as you swim through. This natural phenomenon is called bioluminescence and has captured the imagination of humans for many years. I have been lucky enough to swim with bioluminescent plankton myself, and it got me thinking about how this wonderful quirk of nature has evolved. Read More »

2018 Reflection

There have been some incredible scientific discoveries this past year, and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on some discoveries I did not get time to cover. From revolutionary cancer tests, to a completely new neuron being discovered, here are some of the wonderful discoveries of 2018.

 

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Can our gut bacteria create a universal blood type?

In the UK, approximately 1.5 million red blood cell (RBC) donations are collected each year and used in blood transfusions, despite this impressive number there is still a shortage as demand outstrips supply and most donations are unusable for those in immediate need. The solution could be from an unexpected source – could bacteria found in our gut help blood shortages be a thing of the past? Read More »