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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
You know, I sometimes think that animals are just walking colonies of multiple kinds of cells that evolved to live in a symbiotic relationship with one another. Seriously, it is highly unlikely that we would be able to survive without all the viruses and bacteria that live in and on us. We need these little […]
Considering it is Easter I though it would be very appropriate to write something on an egg-related topic and, as a personal bonus, to mix some viruses in as well ☺ . I suppose most of us are used to seeing eggs that have either white or brown shells. However, those are just the types […]
As we are heading towards the high season of flu I though it would be interesting to remember how the vaccines against influenza virus (the causative agent of flu) are actually made.