August 2021

The lab coat superstars

A round-up of just some of the highlights of this year’s Biomedical Science Day.

Going green

What environmental issues do labs face and what actions can be taken to try and increase sustainability? Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science Sheri Scott looks at the issue.

A new screening paradigm

Dr Eric Klein explains why a new blood test that can detect more than 50 types of cancer is set to have a huge clinical impact.

Microscopic imaging without a microscope

A new technique has been developed that uses high-throughput sequencing, instead of a microscope, to obtain ultra-high-resolution images of gene expression from a tissue slide.

The big question: COVID cases

How concerning is the increase in COVID-19 cases?

Urine test to detect brain tumours

MicroRNAs in urine could be a promising biomarker to diagnose brain tumours and regular urine tests could help early detection and treatment, it is claimed.

“Low omega-3 index is strong predictor of early death”

New research claims that a low Omega-3 Index is just as powerful in predicting early death as smoking.

Diagnose bacterial infections in less than an hour

Engineers, biochemists and medical researchers have combined their skills to create a rapid test for bacterial infections.

Facemask that can detect COVID-19

Engineers at MIT and Harvard University have designed a novel facemask that can diagnose the wearer with COVID-19 within about 90 minutes.

Adaptable and innovative

David Wells, the new IBMS Chief Executive, says members are finally getting the recognition that they deserve.

The Outbreak Module

In June, the bacteriology team from Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust visited local healthcare science students to share their skills and deliver a week of biomedical science practicals. Here’s what they got up to.