What does it mean to be honest? Can people act dishonestly, while still thinking that they are being honest?
What is the most dangerous animal in the world? Well, the calculation is not so simple to make. What do you count? Direct deaths, habitat destruction, years of illness? I suppose, in many cases, humans would top the list. However, when it comes to infectious diseases, mosquitoes are head and shoulders above everyone else. While […]
If you were a superhero what power would you like to have- being able to fly, read other people’s minds, have an enormous strength? Or perhaps glow in the dark? Ok, the latter one may sound a bit useless. Unless there’s a permanent power outage, why would anyone want to glow in the dark? Since, […]
Burden of Fungal Diseases It has been estimated that 1.2 billion people suffer from fungal pathogens worldwide. Fungus-caused rice blast disease leads to 10-35% of rice harvest losses each year. The Irish potato famine was caused by the Phytophthora infestans fungus and it is now widely agreed that the women in the Salem witch trials […]
I have recently written an essay for the British Society for Gene and Cell Therapy and it won the 1st prize in BSGCT science writing competition. I am reposting the essay below and the original essay can be found on the BSGCT blogs page.
This was my recent talk about DNA origami for the FameLab competition. In some places nerves got the better of me and I made some mistakes, but I still hope the talk is worth the 3min of your time to listen. I include some references below, in case you want to learn a bit more […]
Over the last two years Zika virus has emerged as one of the major global health threats. Even though the virus has been known since 1947, when it was first isolated from a rhesus monkey in Zika forest in Uganda, only recently has it become a major research interest. Generally, Zika virus infections in healthy […]
I have written about bacteriophages (or simply phages) quite a few times before on this blog. It seems to me that phage research often doesn’t get enough attention. It is somewhat ironic that phages are often overlooked, even though they are the most abundant type of organism on our planet. Phages come in all shapes […]
Mitochondria are organelles that are often referred to as the powerhouses of our cells. Mitochondria are the sites where ATP molecules are made, and ATP is the energy unit allowing many processes in the cells to take place- replication, signalling, cell death and many other pathways require ATP. Mitochondria are also the only organelles in […]
We owe a lot to the honeybees. These amazing little creatures are not just producers of the sweet honey they are also responsible for a large part of the food on our plates. The bees pollinate more than 100 different plant species, including apples, rapeseeds, almonds, and many others. And do the bees it all […]