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Graduate Studies in the Sciences – Beyond the Science

Extending your education through a graduate degree in the sciences requires a long-term commitment. It also often incites questions from our peers about the state of our sanity. Despite all these sceptical questions, many of us still choose to pursue a PhD in the sciences, but do we fully understand what exactly we’re getting ourselves into? Though this may not come as a surprise, there are many things, beyond the science, that are also important in our education. Here we wish to discuss some of these additional ‘annoyances’ and why they matter.

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The Antibiotic Apocalypse

Antibiotic resistance is a serious issue that poses a huge threat to human health. In this post I explore what antibiotic resistance is, the threat it poses and what we can do to combat it.

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Gene and Cell Therapy: The Future of Medicine.

This week I attended the British Society of Gene and Cell Therapy annual conference in Cardiff. The aim of the conference was to showcase some of the amazing research going on in the field of gene and cell therapy (GCT). In this post I will give a summary of some the extraordinary research going on in the UK and discuss some of the challenges the field is still facing. If these challenges can be overcome, GCT has the potential to change the face of medicine as we know it.

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The Battle of the Body

Our bodies are constantly being exposed to micro-organisms, every second of every day, from the air we breathe to the food we eat. In fact there are more bacterial cells in your body than there human ones! So why aren’t we always sick? This post will try to answer just that by exploring the army that is the human immune system.

Antibiotic Resistance: A Communication Error

I recently read a blog post on ‘Nature jobs’ about science communication and the importance of tailoring your message to the audience you’re trying reach. The post referred to a study commissioned by the Wellcome Trust which questioned the general public on the problem of antibiotic resistance. Rather worryingly the study revealed that there are numerous misconceptions about what antibiotic resistance is and what causes it.

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