This week I decided to postpone my last post of the year by a couple of days, so that I could wrap up this very though year for me by talking about what I consider one of the greatest discoveries of the century. Indeed, after a serie of unfortunate events (that seem to come one… Continue reading What is CRISPR/Cas9?
This week I will follow up with my MRes time in York (UK) (have a look here if you missed my last post) and, after presenting to you the medical problem behind my research, today I would use this post to talk about bacteria. Indeed, bacteria are very important for the humankind and they are… Continue reading Why are bacteria important?
When I started this semi-scientific blog almost a year ago, I promised myself I would have kept the good habit of writing something related to science (either via talking about my “scientific” experiences through my years of study or via presenting scientific topics that caught my attention). Unfortunately, these past weeks have been very rough… Continue reading What happens when we meditate?
Today I will briefly present to you the quantitative real time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) that I used for my master thesis to verify the genic expression of some genes of interest (such as c-FOS, a marker gene for neuronal activation, or CGRP, have a look here for a brief explanation of why I elected… Continue reading What is the qRT-PCR?
This week I will take a break from the “brain facts” category and, consequently, from the description of the different neuromodulators our brain use (you can find a quick description of what a neuromodulator is here and a description of serotonin, oxytocin, adrenaline and dopamine by clicking on their names) to talk about a “news… Continue reading What is the CAR-T therapy?
As I have already anticipated last week, the differences in the central nervous system (CNS) among vertebrates was a very interesting course, so today I would like to talk about a byword for visual acuity, “hawk-eyed”, and why it is known that birds see better than humans. We use the catchword “hawk-eyed” as an adjective… Continue reading Why do we say “hawk-eyed”?
I reached my third and final year of the bachelor in October 2012. Finally, I was putting together all the pieces of the previous two years courses and I started applying all the basic biological knowledge (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and so on) to the more specialistic courses, as it was Physical Chemistry (the study… Continue reading Can we reprogram cells?
On my previous post I mentioned that another topic that got me hooked up was Pharmacology, so today I will give you a small overview of what I studied during those lectures and why I enjoyed it so much. Basically, Pharmacology is the branch of Biology that studies drugs (broadly defined as natural or endogenous… Continue reading What does Pharmacology study?
In my previous post I mentioned how vaccines are a pretty hot topic right now and I believe people should approach this issue with an open mind, in order to figure out how vaccines work and their importance for the single individual and for the community. Then this week, casually reading some news online, I… Continue reading Why are vaccines important?
After that first “basic” first year we finally got into the real biology world and it didn’t start easy at all: the first semester of my second year in Biotechnology was basically the two courses of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the two beasts of every degree that has something related to biology (and this includes… Continue reading How did Fleming discover penicillin?