The Benefits and disadvantages of genetic engineering by Sofia

 The Benefits and disadvantages of genetic engineering by Sofia Celaya   Genetic engineering is ‘the deliberate modification of the characteristics of an organism by manipulating its genetic material’ (oxford dictionary). I chose to talk about the disadvantages and advantages of genetic engineering as it was originally one of the working titles for my EPQ and […]

The biology of animal food allergies by Tom Palmer

It’s a well-known fact that dogs are allergic to chocolate, along with many other common human foods that may seem harmless, but does anybody ever question why? Dogs can die from ingesting too much dark chocolate, grapes, coffee beans, onions, garlic and tea, but what exactly is it that can kill them? The chemical in […]

The Effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by Joe Simmons

Introduction and Background In modern society there should be no place for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). But here we are, seemingly surrounded by it. At this moment there is around a quarter of a billion people suffering from some form of PTSD in the world. Indeed, there are different levels of this illness, however everyone […]

Jack Slatter blogs about the science of dreams

Scholars Project What are dreams and how does the brain perceive them? A dream is in fact a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep. However, to first understand how we dream, we must learn about the phases of sleeping in which dreaming occurs. There are 5 stages in […]

Poppy Fleming discusses HeLa Cells

HeLa Cells   HeLa is an immortal human cell line which is used for scientific research. It is the oldest and most used of its kind, originating from cervical cancer cells taken in 1951 from Henrietta Lacks, who died just eight months after her malignant tumour was removed without her permission, but little did she […]

Poppy Fleming discusses Human Organs-on-Chips

Organs-on-a-chip   After realising that our current testing methods and clinical trials are no longer a viable way forward due to ethical issues, expensive costs and failing tests, scientists from the Wyss Institute at Harvard University have begun to develop organ chips: a cheaper and more accurate testing method with bright prospects for future trials. […]

Sophia Mattera blogs about the science of dreams

Dreams: the science and other things you didn’t know about the phenomenon Coronavirus. Lockdown. These are words that have been circling the news and other media outlets for what feels like forever. You may be thinking that while this lockdown takes place that you’re safe from the effects of the virus in the comfort of […]

Anna Harris discusses monoclonal antibodies: medicine’s magic bullet.

Monoclonal Antibodies- Medicine’s Magic Bullet? Antibodies have been used to treat disease and infection for over a century, but in the last 50 years scientists have gradually been able to develop more and more sophisticated uses for them. One of such uses is monoclonal antibodies, the development of which was started in 1975 by two […]

Eva Roseblade explains why the human heart never gets tired.

If the Heart Is a Muscle, Why Doesn’t It Get Tired? The heart is the most important muscle, its function being to circulate blood around the body to supply oxygen and nutrients such as glucose, which is required for respiration, to the tissues and remove carbon dioxide and other waste products such as urea. On […]