Tagged: protein

Meat, Health, Hospitals, and Sustainability - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Aug 26, 2019

Prof John Potter Achieving healthier diets that are also sustainable is increasingly in the news. In this blog, I look at the case for reducing the amount of meat in hospital meals and gently remind our dietitian colleagues not to let their dietary advice get out of date. Over-consumption of meat is costing us. Our health, our healthcare system, and … Read More

How plastic-eating bacteria actually work – a chemist explains - Guest Work

Guest Author May 01, 2018

Emily Flashman, Research Fellow in Enzymology, University of Oxford This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The plastic bottles we throw away today will be around for hundreds of years. It’s one of the key reasons why the mounting plastic pollution problem, which is having a deadly effect on … Read More

We’ve made ‘smart egg-cartons’ to transport cells to cure diabetes - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 19, 2018

Aurelien Forget, Queensland University of Technology; Darling Rojas-Canales, University of Adelaide, and Tim Dargaville, Queensland University of Technology This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. We have developed “smart egg-carton” packages for transporting live human pancreas cells for transplantation to diabetic patients. The egg-cartons provide oxygen and … Read More

Large-scale genetic study provides new insight into the causes of stroke - News

Jean Balchin Mar 19, 2018

An large-scale international genetic study on stroke, based on DNA samples of 520,000 people has identified 22 new genetic risk factors for stroke. Published recently in the journal Nature Genetics, the study’s participants originated from Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and Australia, and were compiled from 29 large studies. 67,000 participants in the study had suffered a stroke. From … Read More

Science Tank | Tardigrades - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 18, 2017

For the last 500 million years, the micro-animal Hypsibius dujardini, otherwise known as tardigrades, have ruled our planet. If you’ve never even heard of these bad boys, then boy howdy it’s time to learn you. Measuring up to a whopping 1mm in length, their curious little three pronged hands look like miniature garden cultivators, whilst their bodies resemble little … Read More

Grow large with milk - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jun 09, 2017

A new paper out in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows there’s an association between children drinking non-dairy milk, as opposed to cow’s milk, and lower heights.  It would be tempting to take these results and make a case for ending Canadian dairy supply management, but there are better reasons for ending Canadian supply management. The press … Read More

Enzymes versus nerve agents: Designing antidotes for chemical weapons - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 12, 2017

By  Ian Haydon, University of Washington A chemical weapons attack that killed more than 80 people, including children, triggered the Trump administration’s recent missile strikes against the Syrian government. The use of illegal nerve agents – apparently by the Assad regime – violated international law; President Trump said he was moved to act … Read More

A new font – the alphabet in proteins - Code for life

Grant Jacobs May 12, 2015

We’re all looking for new fonts to express ourselves.[1] If you’re a biologist[2] you can use a protein alphabet created by Mark Howarth’s laboratory.[3] Their web page for it is excellent,[4] and gives some more details along with a list of the proteins featured in their alphabet. They’ve also made this great video of their proteinaceous … Read More

Computer modellers for the win - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 10, 2013

As a computational biologist I rather like the look of this year’s Nobel Prize for Chemistry - it’s been awarded for contributions to computational modelling, to Martin Karplus (University de Strasbourg/Harvard), Michael Levitt (Standford) and Arieh Warshel (University of Southern California). Molecular modelling takes several forms. The twist in the work the prize … Read More