Influenza is a disease that kills hundreds of thousands of people every year, and periodically causes global pandemics that kill many millions. There are three major types, A, B and C that can infect humans, although the A is responsible for the most cases and deaths. Within influenza A virus there are two major groups, … Continue reading A passive defence against the flu?
Month: February 2009
Animal Research – Your Voices Heard!
I was recently contacted by a PhD student who was studying at the University of British Columbia (Canada). She is running a survey on people's views and reactions to animal research. So help a poor student out and show where out views on animal research are! Dear Reader Our group at UBC has created an … Continue reading Animal Research – Your Voices Heard!
Shedding some light on the dark side of stem cells
In recent weeks we have discussed the potential of stem cells in developing new therapies, but stem cells also have a more sinister side. Over the past decade scientists have become increasingly interested in the possibility that in many, perhaps most, cancers there is a small population of cells that are the only tumour cells … Continue reading Shedding some light on the dark side of stem cells
Trinity College, Dublin, debates animal research
On Wednesday I travelled in Dublin to participate in a debate on animal research at the Historical Society (debating union) at Trinity College Dublin. The motion debated was "This house believes Trinity has too little respect for nature" - with a strong focus on animal research reinforced by the two guest speakers, myself and Yvonne … Continue reading Trinity College, Dublin, debates animal research
Speaking of Research to debate in Ireland
Tom Holder, Speaking of Research spokesman, is to travel to the oldest student society in the world (founded 1770), the Trinity College Dublin Historical Society (colloquially, "The Hist"), to debate the issue "This house belives that Trinity has too little respect for Nature". Holder will oppose a speaker from the Irish Anti-Vivisection Society, as well … Continue reading Speaking of Research to debate in Ireland