Swedish Scientist Attempts to Edit Genome of Healthy Embryo in World First

Earlier this year we reported that British scientists had been given the go ahead to begin gene editing on human embryos. Assistant Professor Fredrik Lanner of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm has beaten these scientists to the punch, and in a world-first has already attempted to edit the genome of a healthy embryo. Using Crispr-Cas9, a gene-editing technology first developed by Martin…

Chemo-Brain Confirmed in Long-Term Mouse Study

It is well known that chemotherapy comes with a long list of side effects; nausea, fatigue, muscle pain and sores in the mouth and throat to name a few. These are often necessary evils and most patients would agree that they are worth suffering through in order to treat their cancer. According to Cancer Research…

Caroline Herschel – One of the Most Prominent Women in Science

It is the 266th birthday of Caroline Herschel, pioneering female astronomer. Some facts: -She was the only woman to receive the gold medal from the Royal Astronomical Society from its inception until 1996 -She was a professional soprano -She was assistant to her brother, world famous astronomer William Herschel -She was the first woman to…

The Importance of the Blood Brain Barrier

Blood is composed of many different materials, including both small and large molecules, fats and bacteria. Activities such as eating and exercise can significantly alter the composition of our blood, which in turn can have an effect on how the body functions. Some of the materials found in the blood following these activities can actually be…