Education

Addiction: When ‘want’ becomes ‘need’

Addiction has classically been defined as the excessive use of a harmful drug despite its consequences, along with the inability to stop at will. This occurs when an individual’s desire for the short-term positive effects of the drug outweighs the consequences of its long-term negative effects [1]. Prolonged use of many drugs causes dependence –  …

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The importance of race representation in healthcare education

The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light onto the healthcare inequalities faced by black, Asian and minority ethnic communities as they have an increased mortality risk, with black people being up to 4x more likely to die than white people, after adjustment for age [1,2]. However, there are many other areas in healthcare where ethnic …

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Why do adult brains struggle to learn a new language?

Critical periods exist extensively across the animal kingdom. ‘Imprinting’, for example, is a phenomenon whereby newly-hatched birds must interact with their mothers within a short ‘critical period’ in order to successfully identify them as their parent [1]. A critical period for ocular development has also been identified in multiple species, including humans [2]. One of …

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Lighting the way to revolutionising medical research, bioluminescence is not just a pretty face!

You may remember during the first lockdown of 2020; social media platforms blew up with images and videos of bioluminescence lighting up the Southern Californian coast at night. Surfers took to surfing glowing waves in the evening and it made for some great media content to keep people busy during lockdown. But what is bioluminescence? …

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The science behind loving music and why it’s such a useful marketing tool

I love music: in fact my Spotify 2020 unwrapped told me I’ve listened to over 87,000 minutes of music this year. I’m not the only one it seems, as it has been shown that time and time again we put music in our top ten things that bring pleasure, usually above money, food, or art [1]. …

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PROZAC – Perhaps the most impactful drug of all time

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a condition characterised by persistent low mood. It also manifests itself in other symptoms, such as low self-esteem, low energy, and even unexplained chronic pain [1]. According to the UK adult psychiatric morbidity survey, 1 in 15 people attempt suicide at some point in their life, so MDD has always …

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UVA radiation, stomatal pores, Viagra, and strawberries. How are they all linked? cGMP signalling.

The unusual combination of the above topics is likely to beg the question, how on earth can these possibly be related? Though, it is through cell signalling that these 4 topics are undoubtedly connected. Additionally, some of the molecules involved that are detailed here may have great economic potential for the agricultural industry. UVA has …

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Getting to know GAM. Next up we have our Client Services Director,
Darren Appleby!

What was your first job? As a glass collector, and I also worked in a shoe shop on Saturdays…. both were great fun and an education on how to treat and communicate with customers. In terms of a real job, I was extremely fortunate. I left school at a time when friends who were not …

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Meet Lulu and Nana, the world’s first CRISPR genome-edited babies…

It has been nearly 2 years since He Jiankui, a Chinese researcher and ex-professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China, created the first germline edited babies. He sparked an international outcry and was sentenced to prison for 3 years for violating government bans on the clinical procedures of gene-editing on …

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