The animal impasse

 Must anti aging drugs rely on animal testing? The use of animals in scientific research, including in the development of cosmetics and medicine, has long been a matter of contention. Researchers argue that the developments of...

Child sleeping study reveals obesity risk

One of the most comprehensive studies of the potential link between reduced sleep and childhood obesity finds compelling evidence that children who consistently received less than the recommended hours of sleep during infancy and...

Are genetics the key to arthritis treatment?

New international studies have revealed how genetics could explain why different environmental exposures can trigger the onset of different forms of rheumatoid arthritis. As our joints succumb to wear and tear, chronic pain becomes more...

Shaping the science of oncology

Dr Fiona McLaughlin is the new Chief Scientific Officer of Avacta’s Therapeutics Division. She talks to Karen Southern about her mission to develop first and best-in-class cancer drugs. From the day that Dr McLaughlin –...

No time to breathe easy as the battle against asthma intensifies

Asthma is one of those conditions that can strike the very young and stay with them as they head into old age, often developing over many years into the more serious illness Chronic Obstructive...

Why waste plastic bottles are a valuable resource

Dr Timothy Whitehead, Lecturer in Product Design for Low-Income Countries at Aston University, explains how we can add value to waste plastic bottles and how these can be turned into essential products for the...

Will Man ever run the 100m in less than nine seconds? *

It is never easy to run 100m in less than ten seconds, as the recent Commonwealth Games demonstrated. However, as the world record stands at 9.58 seconds, the attention in recent years has turned...

MenB – RIP

The UK Department of Health has announced that it will work to introduce the meningococcal B (MenB) vaccine into the childhood vaccination programme – But to what impact? Officials made the announcement following independent advice...

Why are obesity rates increasing?

I know what’s been causing obesity rates to rise. So do you. So does just about everyone. Unfortunately, most of us are probably wrong. As I tell my students, correlation doesn’t prove causation, but that’s...

The UK’s first dedicated Vaccines Manufacturing Innovation Centre

The world class centre that will give the UK sovereign resilience and a global platform in the fight against Covid and many other diseases besides. The Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre, a not-for-profit organisation established...

Opening new pathways for bioprocessing

A pivotal link between industry and academia, Teesside University’s £22m National Horizons Centre (NHC) opened last September with two very clear objectives. One is to drive research into bioprocessing, an often-overlooked subject through which life...

HOPE ON THE HORIZON FOR ALZHEIMER’S TREATMENT

Dr Susan Kohlhaas Director of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK People with dementia have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, according to the ONS, a quarter of people who have died from COVID-19...

Product Characterization for Cell Therapy GMP Manufacturing

The specifications, QC and release testing of cell therapy products can make the difference between success and failure Stefanos Theoharis, Suncana Kern and Christine Guenther, apceth GmbH & Co. KG. All manufactured products require measurable parameters,...

The surprising Science of fat: You can get fatter and become healthier

A new study in obese mice suggests that increasing the growth of fat located under the skin (subcutaneous) actually led to an improvement in glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, both precursors to diabetes. The...

A stay at the Stem Cell Hotel

By Davide Danovi - Director, HipSci Cell Phenotyping Programme, Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, King’s College London All cells in our body came from one original cell - a fertilised egg. A blood...

A soft spot for stem cells helps cornea healing

New research led by scientists at Newcastle University, UK reveals a potential revolutionary way to treat eye injuries and prevent blindness - by softening the tissue hosting the stem cells which then helps repair...