This summer I went back in time, literally, although only by ~8 hours, as I jetted off to Victoria, BC in the South-West of Canada to spend 10 weeks working in Dr John Burke’s lab at the University of Victoria. The lab focuses on understanding the regulation of proteins involved in lipid signalling and use […]
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Now maybe it’s the fact I ate too many hot cross buns and crème eggs this Easter, or because it vaguely relates to some exam topics and so can count as revision, but I found myself reading about a drug that reduced the body mass of mice. Yep, this new study by Peng et al. […]
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If I learnt anything from watching the 2004 film “Mean Girls”, it is that where you sit in the cafeteria is crucial. Okay, whilst not entirely true, the film explains how at high school, everyone fits into different cliques and these dictate the group of people you sit with at lunch; you have your Freshman, […]
Read More “Mean Girls” meets Biochemistry – which protein ‘clique’ are you?
In a cell, at any particular time, only a subset of genes will be expressed. This subset can vary over time as the cell adapts to both external and internal conditions. Various techniques can be used to determine what these subsets of genes are, information which can be used to understand the function and state […]
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