Trippin’ over science

Is there anything worse than the sucker punch of embarrassment from tripping in public? It’s regrettably a feeling I know all too well. I’m a clumsy sort of guy and despite 29 years of being a human (yes, I know it’s hard to believe) I often have a good old malfunction and there’s usually someone around to notice it. I …

‘Watergate’: Myths & Facts

Did you know – Water isn’t wet. Divides opinion as a statement and until you actually consider the science of it, it’s hard to get your noggin around it…even then it’s not the easiest sell. Wetness is the ability of liquid to adhere to the surface of a solid, so when we say something is wet, we mean that the …

Exclusive use of male mice is messing up research

Exclusive use of male mice is messing up scientific research for women… Gender discrimination in science doesn’t just affect women scientists, it also skews the results of animal research a new paper finds. Rebecca Shanksy, a neuroscientist at Northeastern University in Boston, published a paper arguing that outdated stereotypes have skewed animal research results for decades and called for stricter …

Summer: The ‘Sneezing Season’

It’s only May and my nose has done more running than Mo Farrah. When you think of summer you generally picture hazy sun filled days spent on the beach, out in the countryside or down the local beer garden. Whilst it’s the season that many enjoy and long for most, for others it conjures up images of running noses, streaming …

Life Sciences Research Given Boost With 22 CRO Partnerships

Major changes could occur to the life science industry over the next few years, after 22 partnerships have been announced with UK contract research organisations (CROs) in a bid to boost research and development (R&D) in the sector. Medicines Discovery Catapult has announced these CROs will join its Virtual R&D Discovery Services platform. It believes that by combining private sector CROs …

Man’s best friend – early stage cancer detection

Man’s best friend provides a significant boost to hopes of early stage cancer detection In a breakthrough study, researchers believe that dogs can sniff out lung cancer which may aid early stage detection of the disease. Presenting their findings over the weekend at the 2019 Experimental Biology meeting, researchers say dogs’ highly evolved smell receptors can accurately pick out blood …

Artificial Intelligence used for Parkinson’s Diagnosis

This year, Agenda’s chosen charity is Parkinson’s UK and we have been fundraising for them throughout 2018. As many as 10 million people around the world are thought to have Parkinson’s disease, and this number is expected to rise with an aging population, in which the illness becomes more prominent. Current medications help to manage symptoms, but we don’t yet …

Fighting Brain Cancer with the Zika Virus

The Zika Virus made headlines in 2015 and 2016 when there was an epidemic in South and Central America. Zika mainly attacks cells in the brain known as neural progenitor cells and is not particularly harmful to adults as they don’t have many of these cells. However, it is dangerous to unborn children as they have many neural progenitor cells …

CRISPR treatment successful for muscular dystrophy!

About 10 years ago, researchers at the Royal Veterinary College found a family of King Charles Spaniels that had a canine version of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). With this, they began research in the hopes of one day finding a cure. Now in a new study, scientists have halted the progression of the disease in some of the dog descendants …

New hope in the fight against Cystic Fibrosis

A new type of cell has been discovered in the human airway, and it may have a central role in cystic fibrosis. There are currently 70,000 people across the world living with cystic fibrosis for which there is currently no cure, and the disease is a major cause of poor health and a shortened life span. What is cystic fibrosis? …

The nutritional myth that’s completely inaccurate

One of the biggest nutritional myths is completely inaccurate Summer is upon us and last-minute holiday diets are everywhere, but does eating ‘negative calorie’ foods such as celery, actually help to increase weight loss? A calorie is a unit of energy, usually expressed as kilocalories (kcal) for the energy content in food. It is commonly believed that in the act …

Preventing Autism in the gut?

There has been a lot of research recently about how the gut microbiome can affect our bodies in ways we wouldn’t even think of. Now, researchers are looking into how the make-up of the mother’s gut can affect the development of autism-spectrum disorders during pregnancy. The gut microbiome of pregnant mothers is very important to how the offspring’s immune system …