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Surgical Serums

  “Here comes the sleepy juice” said the anaesthetist as he prepped me for surgery and injected me full of a milky looking blend to make sure I couldn’t see, hear or feel anything that would happen over the course … Continue reading

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STORM

The Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2014 was awarded to the scientists who developed stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy, or STORM for short. But what does all of that even mean? STORM is a type of microscopy that enables the visualisation of structures … Continue reading

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Now you see me!

There once was a time, long ago, when I was told that “atoms are the smallest things in the world, and we will never be able to see them.” Who knew then that science would advance to such an extent … Continue reading

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Teaching old drugs new tricks

Thalidomide. If you studied chemistry to A level you will know that this is the name of a drug which was once prescribed as a sedative and to pregnant women to prevent morning sickness in the 1950s. It was, however, … Continue reading

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Discreet Meat Deceit

As you’re probably aware, horse meat has been found in many of the UK’s cheaper ‘beef’ products. This led to an investigation which discovered that this is happening all over Europe, including Sweden, Switzerland, Germany and France. Personally, I don’t … Continue reading

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Ultra-Ever Dry

I was recently offered a place at the Molecular Scale Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training based between Sheffield and Leeds universities, which I was more than happy to accept. Given that I will have a choice about what I’ll be … Continue reading

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Heart attacks and hard ons

Would you believe me if I told you that the enzyme that can prevent heart attacks is almost identical to the enzyme that gives men erections? So much so, that in 1985 during clinical trials for a drug designed to … Continue reading

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