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Crisps, CRISPR and the CRISPR-er

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Dr. Jennifer Doudna, one of the leading figures to propose the use of the adaptive bacterial immune mechanism-CRISPR/cas9 for targeted gene editing [1], was invited to King’s College London to deliver a lecture as part of the King’s International Lecture series. Continue reading “Crisps, CRISPR and the CRISPR-er”

The players of arthritis – A joint effort

A knee joint in a jar. Sounds like something from an Edgar Allan Poe novel. In fact, this was what I received in the lab one summer evening from our clinician.

Why a knee joint? This is one of the affected areas in types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. Inflammatory arthritis of the joint is an autoimmune disease, an occurrence when the body’s immune system triggers a harmful response against itself.  Continue reading “The players of arthritis – A joint effort”

Top three of the week

The top three news stories of the week, as chosen by our resident students. This week’s top stories are seeing facesdriverless lorries, and the life of the dodo.

By Fuad Mosis.

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A day in the life (communications intern)

Welcome to a day in my life as an intern at Alzheimer’s society. I have documented a whole day in images and you can watch it below.

But first, a bit of background. I am a 3rd year PhD student in Maddy Parsons lab working on ‘trafficking and internalisation of cell membrane receptors in response to antibody-drug conjugates in 3 dimensional matrices’. Basically, I’m looking at how a new type of lung cancer drug works in artificial tissue environments compared to the traditional cell models. I love the research, as frustrating as it can be at times. However, I’m considering my options for when I finish in just over a year – EEK! I am leaning towards a career in either research or communications for a charity. I wanted to get some experience of these roles which led me to consider an internship. Continue reading “A day in the life (communications intern)”

Top three of the week

The top three news stories of the week, as chosen by our resident students. This week’s top stories are micromachine infection fighters, erasing fear and treating peanut allergies.

By Brooke Lumicisi. 

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CRISPR Gene editing – a way to “fix” the genome?

Day-to-day, my PhD research involves investigating the molecular basis of inherited heart muscle disorders or scientifically – cardiomyopathies. Continue reading “CRISPR Gene editing – a way to “fix” the genome?”

Top Three of the Week

The top three news stories of the week, as chosen by our resident students. This week’s top stories are drunk fish, fake climate news and bat lighting.

By Willow Hight-Warburton.

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Top Three of the Week

The top three news stories of the week, as chosen by our resident students. This week’s top stories are methane-eating bacteria, microbial communities and dinosaur camouflage.

By Gintare Bucaite.

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Top Three of the Week

The top three news stories of the week, as chosen by our resident students. This week’s top stories are slug glue, living longer and reducing fossil fuels.

By Lindsay McGregor.

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