Another DNA damage experiment that I’ve been trying to get working in our lab is called the gamma-H2AX assay. And if you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you’ll know that back in late February I travelled to Oxford to learn the technique at one of the Public Health England labs. This assay… Continue reading The benefits of hydrophobic materials
As promised, today is my first feature – a summary of an interesting science paper I’ve read. Because this week we have had World Environment Day and today is actually World Oceans Day, I wanted to talk about something I have read related to that. Nearly every news site this week has been reporting on… Continue reading Paper feature: plastic pollution in the soil
So if you’ve been keeping up with my posts then you have probably realised by now that most of the experiments that I carry out in the lab are for testing how much damaged DNA is present in a cell. And so I thought it would be useful to explain a little bit more about… Continue reading Why look at damaged DNA?
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