Science

A life-threatening condition

Clinical Scientist Matthew Hopkins gives a primer on fetal/neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia and the screening and treatment options available.

A controversial life

As he turns 90, Leonard Hayflick talks to George F Winter about his life.

Tropical medicine through the ages

Stephen Mortlock goes global and analyses the rich history of tropical medicine.

Using PCR to Diagnose Aspergillus: A Change in Clinical Practice

Invasive aspergillosis (IA) is a life-threatening Invasive Fungal Disease (IFD) affecting immunocompromised patients. Aspergillus spores are common throughout the environment and with the capacity to invade via the lung, cause a spectrum of disease. IA is difficult to diagnose, as symptoms are non-specific and the sensitivity of traditional techniques – such as respiratory culture – is poor and slow. Delayed diagnosis leads to an increased morbidity and mortality rate, highlighting the urgent requirement for a rapid, sensitive diagnostic method.

Into the deep

We talk to Professor Simon Evetts, Space Operations Director at Blue Abyss – a cutting-edge deep-sea and space extreme environment research centre.

The Big Question: Modernising scientific careers

Has modernising scientific careers (MSC) delivered what it promised?

My lab: Award-winning microbiology lab

Professional Manager for Quality and Training, Mairiead MacLennan, gives a guided tour of her microbiology lab in Fife, Scotland.

Growing brains

They may only be small collections of cells at present, but neurological surgeon Ben Waldau believes that brain organoids could have a big impact in the future.

My lab: oral pathology

Associate Practitioner Hayley Pincott gives a guided tour of her oral pathology lab, based at the University Dental Hospital in Cardiff.

Disease in the trenches

To mark 100 years since the First World War came to a close, we look at the conditions in the trenches and hear from the diaries and letters of those who endured the horrific conflict.

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