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Protection against genetic discrimination: a necessary concern?

With developments in genetic screening, and the increase in employers asking for increasingly invasive access into applicants’ private lives in the US, it should come as no surprise that there is growing concern over allowing companies access to your genetic information. Genetic testing can be a powerful tool for doctors to look for high-risk genes […]

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A vaccine for the Zika virus

A new approach, published in Nature, outlines a vaccine that is successful at protecting mice and rhesus macaques from Zika virus. The vaccine is based on delivering viral mRNA to cells to induce an immune response and build protection. Since its highly publicised outbreak in South America around the time of the 2016 Rio Olympics, […]

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Time crystals: the discovery of a previously theoretical matter

This week, two research groups at different universities in the US have created a new type of matter: Time Crystals. Normal crystals, such as salt and snowflakes, have an ‘asymmetrical ground state’ which means that when they have no energy (are in their ground state), the structure may look different from different angles (asymmetrical). The […]

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‘Text neck’ and five other ways your mobile phone might be (permanently) ruining you

Over the years there have been several big scares about the potential effects mobile phones are having on our health. There was the ‘radio-waves are cooking your brain’ scandal (since debunked), and the rumour that using a phone whilst putting petrol in a car could cause an explosion (also false). ‘Text-neck’ is the latest concern, […]

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One in 11 wildlife species in Scotland facing extinction

The 2016 State of Nature report has revealed that 520 wildlife species in Scotland are at risk of extinction. The report was released by a collaborative group of conservation and research charities, including the Woodland Trust Scotland, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Of the estimated 6,000 wildlife species in Scotland, 65 […]

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Scottish National Party en route to legalising medicinal cannabis in Scotland

At the Scottish National Party (SNP) conference, SNP members have voted that cannabis, a class B drug, should be made available as a medical treatment on the NHS. Nicola Sturgeon is pushing for power over drug policies to be devolved to Holyrood. This could allow cannabis to be used in treatment of medical conditions such […]

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Seal of Disapproval : Scottish seals are being slaughtered by farmers

The USA, Scotland’s top salmon export destination, has warned that Scotland must stop killing seals if it wishes to continue trading. £213 million worth of salmon was exported to the USA in 2014 alone. Scotland is the third largest exporter of salmon in the world. All countries exporting to the USA must show that their […]

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Should homeopathy be funded by the National Health Service?

Homeopathy is not a new idea. The founder of this alternative medicine was a medically trained German, Samuel Hahnemann, first publishing his idea of ‘like cures like’ in a paper in 1796. The idea that small amounts of a toxic substance can be used as a treatment has been carried forward to present day homeopathy […]