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Why school biology textbooks need to redraw the plant and animal cell

Does anyone remember what a catalase is? It’s one of the most popular antioxidant enzymes there is. I still remember doing...
Nov 25, 2016
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How plants recognise gravity? 100-word explainer

Plants contain special gravity sensing cells at the root tip that contain starch-filled structures called ‘amyloplasts’ that are heavier than...
Nov 19, 2016
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Why producing antibiotics is a bad investment?

I’m currently in Nepal where anyone – even a six-year-old – can buy antibiotics, and I know that this is...
Sep 23, 2016
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The guardians of the genome safeguard DNA to increase seed lifespan

New research has identified crucial biological sensors that determine seed longevity and control germination. ATM and ATR proteins sense DNA...
Aug 10, 2016
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Fatty food and Alzheimer’s disease – what’s the link?

The effects of high-fat food and obesity are reported daily in the media. But despite this, we still love a...
Jul 29, 2016
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Silent killers: Zellweger syndrome and related diseases, a group of rare genetic disorders

Abraham Lincoln and King George III are just two of many people who achieved great things despite living with genetic disorders . Fortunately for...
Jul 19, 2016
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Outsourcing in science: 21st century collaboration

As a scientist, I spend a lot of my time optimising a technique that has been perfected by many others....
Jul 14, 2016
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Be in the know: knowing when to say “I don’t know”

The recent Brexit vote demonstrates the power of communication and the effect of disseminating misinformation. Sending an effective, accurate message...
Jul 13, 2016
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Cutting it off: new method allows easy separation of membrane proteins

Scientists describe an improved, cost-efficient method to isolate membrane proteins, a class of proteins that are the targets of more...
Jun 28, 2016
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Interstellar greenhouses: how a single molecule could be key to growing plants in microgravity

In the film The Martian, Matt Damon’s character survives being stranded on another planet by growing potatoes in his own...