Science

Mystery and medicine of native Americans

Stephen Mortlock casts an eye back over history and the healthcare practices of the Native Americans.

The neonatal blood film

As at any other time in life, examination of a blood film in a neonate can be very informative. It is important that films are interpreted in the context of the clinical details and the blood count. It is also necessary to consider the period of gestation of the neonate at birth, since what is normal differs in term and preterm babies, particularly for those born before 28 weeks’ gestation.

Assessing employability skills

Tahmina Hussain and Martyn Hicks interrogate the results of a study into gaps in the knowledge, skills and experience of new graduates entering the biomedical science workforce.

The big question: newly qualified biomedical scientists

This month we ask “What is the most vital skill or attribute for a newly qualified biomedical scientist to possess”

A nasal vaccine

Researchers have found the first non-infectious needle-free nasal vaccine to be effective against COVID-19. Senior study co-author Dr Venigalla B Rao explains how it works.

In technology we trust

David Westrip reviews the recent British Society for Microbial Technology conference, which was based on the theme “the genomic revolution in microbiology”.

An electrophoresis case study

Madihah Abbas, Specialist Biochemistry Team Manager at Christie Pathology Partnership, looks at result interpretation, comparing gel and capillary zone electrophoresis.

Wastewater disease monitoring

What can we learn from analysing wastewater and what potential roles could the surveillance method play in the future? We look at the issues.

The big question: Should specialist biomedical scientists be redefined?

This month we ask “Should specialist biomedical scientists be redefined?”

Crucial collaboration

Understanding how the health of humans and animals is connected provides vital understanding of viruses. Professor Nicola Lewis, the new Director of the Worldwide Influenza Centre, highlights her priorities in the role.

Point-of-care testing: testing an IBMS certificate of expert practice

Nicky Hollowood and Lee Peters, module tutors for the IBMS Point-of-care testing Certificate of Expert Practice, outline the benefits of the qualification.

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