I come across a lot of science news stories (as you can imagine) and have noticed that journalists are attracted to certain topics – ones that they think have a certain ‘sexy’ appeal to their readers I imagine. Bionic body parts seems to be one of them – conjuring imagery of a future where we are all enhanced by ultra-efficient prosthetic body parts like RoboCop.
One of these stories that hit the press recently was the news that researchers in Princeton have created a ‘bionic’ ear. More
Researchers in California have successfully converted mouse skin cells into brain cells, eliminating the need for stem cells.
It is hoped that the same procedure could be carried out on human cells, bringing the possibility of stem cell therapy for conditions such as Alzheimer’s closer to reality.
This is a great story to use in a GCSE lesson on stem cells. Students could discuss why this is a better alternative to using those from embryos.
Great stem cell teaching resources from the Learn Genetics website.
I received an interesting letter in the post last week inviting my two year old daughter to take part in an international research study.
Feeling rather proud that scientists have realised her potential so early, I read on wondering what research they would exactly need her to carry out. More
It was announced on Tuesday that Boots will be selling home paternity testing kits in all of its stores. These kits have been available over the counter at a few other chemists and online but this is the first time that they have been exposed to potentially millions of people.