Snippets of Science Overheard at ASHG 2016

Fun snippets of science overheard during presentations at the American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting 2016 Read the full post over at The Science Explorer! Photo credit: Wellcome Library, London (CC BY 4.0)

Hereditary Cancer Diagnostics (ASHG 2016 coverage)

The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) annual meeting 2016 hosted esteemed scientists with a broad array of specialties. The Science Explorer sat in on session #37 on Thursday the 20th of October, and learned about some fascinating new research in the world of hereditary cancer diagnostics. Read the full coverage over at The Science Explorer!…

New Treatments for Niemann-Pick Disease (ASHG 2016 coverage)

At the end of October, The Science Explorer attended some of the sessions at the American Society for Human Genetics annual meeting 2016. One of our favorite presentations was by Dr. Forbes D. Porter of the National Institutes of Health (NIH, US), who talked about a potential new treatment for the debilitating Niemann-Pick disease (NPC). He presented his…

Interview with Michael Schwarzschild -Neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital

As part of The Science Explorer‘s “Job Spotlight” series, I interviewed Dr. Michael Schwarzschild, who provided some fabulous advice for budding scientists and stressed the importance of having fun along your career path! Read the full interview over at The Science Explorer! Photo credit: Image courtesy of Dr. Michael Schwarzschild / Mass General

Interview with Holly Soutter – Principal Research Scientist in Biotech

As part of The Science Explorer’s “Job Spotlight” series, I interviewed Holly Soutter, Principal Scientist at a Pharmaceutical Company, to see what encouraging advice she had to convince science enthusiasts to go into a science career. Read the full interview over at The Science Explorer! Photo credit: Photo courtesy Holly Soutter, PhD

Interview with Mala Misra – Visiting Professor at Colgate University

As part of The Science Explorer‘s “Job Spotlight” series, which encourages young researchers to go into science careers, I interviewed Mala Misra, a Professor at Colgate University in Upstate New York. Read the full interview over at The Science Explorer! Photo credit: Photo courtesy of Professor Mala Misra

Assessing human health from a single drop of blood

Protein levels from vials of whole blood are generally clinically determined using single-protein immunoassays. However, according to research by Geyer et al., a single drop of blood and a mass spectrometer may be all that’s needed to assess human health and disease. Read my review on Geyer et al.’s paper over at Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Accelerating Science Blog….

The hole in the ozone layer is closing at last

Thanks to combined global environmental efforts to ban chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) since the 1980’s, the massive hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica is finally showing evidence of healing. The results, published in Science, show that the ozone layer hole has shrunk each year by more than 1.7 million square miles since its peak in 2000….

Australia: UN climate change report modifications shock lead author

The “World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate” report is a major United Nations project that highlights the effects of climate change on World Heritage sites. Naturally, you’d think that big Australian tourist spots like the Great Barrier Reef and Kakadu would be featured prominently in the report. However, the lead author expressed shock on…

Does ‘pseudoscience’ affect decision making in the EU?

Last month, a group of scientists from across Europe met to express their concern over the impact of ‘pseudoscience’ and ‘dogma’ on regulation decisions. The scientists believe that some people are being ‘deliberately selective’ in presentations of risks. They highlighted the fact that strongly expressed opinions arising from well-funded pressure groups could result in poor regulatory choices…

Improving conservation ethic in Botswana with candid photography

Using 221 camera traps in areas of differing human impact in Botswana, ecologist Lindsey Rich captured candid images of 44 different species of mammal over 5 months. Working with a local rural school, Rich enabled children to see and learn more about the wildlife local to their region. Her research will help inform local wildlife authorities…