Mia Georgiou

Genetically modified animal clones set to revolutionise biomedical research, or cause ethical uproar? Or both?

In January 2019, scientists at the institute of neuroscience (ION) in Shanghai reported that gene-editing had been used to disable a gene in macaque monkeys (Macaca fascicularis). One of the genome-edited monkeys was then cloned to produce 5 genetically identical primates [1]. The disabled gene, BMAL1, affects the operation of the animal’s circadian rhythm, or

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Gamification as a marketing tool in healthcare

Gamification is the application of game-playing elements (e.g., point scoring, competition with others, interactivity, etc.) to non-game environments. Gamification leverages people’s natural tendencies for competition, achievement, collaboration, and charity and is typically done as an online marketing technique to encourage engagement with a product or service- and often it works very well! The way people

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Concerned about blood clots and the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine? Make sure you are well informed of the facts before you make any decisions!

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was recently suspended in several countries in those under the age of 60 due to concerns of very rare types of blood clotting, called cerebral sinus venous thrombosis (CVST). This very rare clotting condition is associated with low blood platelets (thrombocytopenia). Last week, The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) safety committee concluded that

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