A Prescription for Antibiotic Resistance: A Rare Vantage Point in the Fight Against Bacteria Ross Harper, University College London. We are at war. We have always been. Unfortunately, in this particular conflict we are outnumbered… seven hundred quintillion to one. From the Black Death in the Middle Ages to the Victorian scourge of cholera, bacterial […]
Understanding the bliss of pain: why it is all in your head by Samiha S. Shaikh Cambridge Institute of Medical Research, Cambridge, UK. Stubbing your toe, scalding your hand, breaking your leg, eating a pound of chillies…Can you imagine life without pain? At first it seems like an excellent idea, making us blissfully oblivious to […]
“Our own worst enemies? Why resistance is not futile, and what that means for cancer research”, by Sarah Byrne, Imperial College London We are very pleased to be able to announce that this year’s Science Writing Prize winner is Sarah Byrne from Imperial College, London whose essay entitled “Our own worst enemies? Why resistance is not futile, and what that means for cancer research” was selected as the outstanding winner. Sarah is a second year Ph.D student in the Institute of Chemical Biology at Imperial College London, working on mathematic models of protein dynamics in disease-related kinases that regulate the cell cycle. Outside of research, her main interest is science communication and engagement, and is “especially interested in use of narrative and storytelling in science writing”. Commenting on Sarah’s essay our judge this year, Dr. Jenny Rohn, said “The piece is sophisticated, original, beautifully written and ties together multiple phenomena in science into one unifying philosophical theme”. Not only that Jenny deemed it “Pretty Nifty”. Congratulations Sarah! Many thanks to all the entrants for spending the time to write and submit, in what was a very competitive year.
The Logistics of Cellular Traffic David Gershlick, University of Leeds In every cell proteins are continuously crafted and assimilated into the cells of intricate organisms. After synthesis the proteins get directed by a complex concert of cellular machinery in order to assume their appropriate role. The eukaryotic cell can be roughly divided into several different […]
What makes us tick? John Ankers, University of Liverpool From the changing seasons to our daily sleeping patterns or the beating of our hearts, biological cycles are all around us. What we now know is that some of these very different natural cycles work together like cogs or gears in a giant clock. Understanding how […]
Inducing Apoptosis- Countdown to Self-Destruction By Susan Turrell, University of Leeds From very early on in its life, a human cell is destined towards a particular fate. This job could be conducting electrical signals along a neural circuit, travelling through the body’s system of blood vessels on the lookout for harmful pathogens, or sensing light […]
Untangling the string By Emily Pritchard, MRC Human Genetics Unit, University of Edinburgh Human DNA is long, really really long. 2m long, in fact. 2m of this string-like polymer is found the nucleus of every human cell. The thing is, human cell nuclei are pretty tiny, only 20μm in diameter (that’s only 1/50th of a […]