This week I have been working on an experiment I have been learning called the Comet assay and so I wanted to tell you all a little bit about how it works. Like a lot of the experiments I’ve been learning lately, its one that allows us to assess the damage of DNA in a… Continue reading The Comet assay
Last week I started a really exciting experiment using a skin biopsy…! For any experiments using human samples, scientists have to seek approval first from an ethics committee to ensure that volunteers, samples and data will all be handled correctly or ‘ethically’. For even a small saliva sample, ethics approval is necessary before carrying out any… Continue reading Isolating cells from a skin biopsy
I’ve finally hit the 10 post mark on my blog now and I’m super proud of myself for reaching this milestone. I’ve always been really keen to engage with people about science through writing a blog, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been challenging at times to remember to regularly update you all on what… Continue reading A monthly feature?
Whilst visiting Manchester for Easter we popped over to Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre in Macclesfield, Cheshire. Jodrell Bank is a University of Manchester observatory that is open to the public to find out about the work that takes place there. The site is home to the Lovell Telescope – the third largest radio telescope in… Continue reading Jodrell Bank Observatory
An advantage of my lab work getting off to a slower start than I expected is that I could enjoy the free time I had over the Easter weekend visiting family in Manchester, without being tied down by experiment commitments. Whilst up North for a few days we decided to check out some of the… Continue reading Museum of Science and Industry
It’s no secret that studying at university is expensive – tuition fees are high and living costs are just as bad. Obviously, the job prospects out of university once you have a degree vastly outweigh the price you pay to study, but you’re not quite there yet and so how do you finance your degree… Continue reading Funding a degree
My research is focussed on radiotherapy for breast cancer patients and so most of my work looks at human cells, but as a small side project to complement what I am doing in humans we have decided to carry out some experiments on flies too… Now you might ask what the relevance of looking at… Continue reading The importance of the fruit fly