Virus Essay

Personalised medicine using viruses, and the bio-hacker who just wants a slice of pizza.           [1] Some of the most extraordinary innovations in recent years have been advances in personalised medicine. Every individual is unique in the way they develop a disease and respond to treatment. Hence, the growing paradigm of personalised medicine is to design medications and interventions that allow for a customised treatment plan best suited to that individual. This gives patients more control over their medical decisions and could lead to improved outcomes when tackling illness. Examples of these wonderful innovations include the adoption of wearable health monitoring technologies, bespoke diets, and healthcare apps for cancer and diabetes patients. Personalised medicine has the potential to fundamentally change how we view healthcare; the end goal is to develop medicine responsive to an individual’s own physiology, rather than therapy based on data from whole populations.   One area of medicine in which an individual focus is paramount is in gene therapy, an emerging field...
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BABSOC’s Big Bonanza BBQ

BABSOC held their first BBQ event of the year and it was not one miss! We received an overwhelming crowd almost amounting to 150 hungry mouths which included a mix of undergraduates, honour students, post-graduates, post-docs and even the high and mighty academics. We supplied a variety of beef, pork and veggie sausages along with an assortment of drinks, straying away from the convention canned soft drinks must I add! We hope that kept everyone happily munching away! The BBQ was a great opportunity for BABS students, the new and old, to share and exchange their study experiences and stories as well as perform some quality networking with a pen in one hand and a sausage in the other. We also received a generous hand in running the BBQ by a few undergraduate students who we enslaved and worked their heart and soul away! Just kidding, we fed them plenty, hopefully…Beside the point, on behalf of the BABSOC executive team we...
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BABSOC’s Welcome BBQ

BABSOC’s Welcome BBQ

BABSOC would like to welcome you all with a free BBQ. It's a great way to make new friends, get to know the BABSOC team, and most importantly grab free lunch! We'll be at the Wilton Tea Room in the Samuels building, which can be accessed through a magical portal in the Bioscience building level 2. In the first level of the Samuels building is the Museum of Human Diseases, so you can also access the Tea Room through that entrance....
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BABSOC Beer Brewing

BABSOC’s first ever Beer Brewing Workshop was a day not to miss! We had a great mix of attendees: undergraduates, honours students, post-graduates, post-docs and even some academics. We used the innovative ‘Brew in a Bag’ system. We created two different brews, a Pale Wheat Ale and an Amber Ale. The workshop mashed two different malts (Pale Wheat Ale grain mix and an Amber Ale grain mix), followed by the hops and yeast. The two brews had different combinations of hops added and the yeast used to ferment it will provide unique flavour profiles to each brew. The brewing was led by A/Prof Chris Marquis, Lucien Alperstein and Lawrence Menz. Lucien was leading the practical aspect of the workshop, introducing the different elements of brewing and what we were doing specifically that day. Chris provided extra information on each stage of brewing, including how to customise your brew. He also provided some great anecdotes and brewing history. We finished the day with...
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CRISPR. Not the name of your favourite chips.

Genetic engineering is reaching a stage where modern science is rivalling science fiction. The ability to genetically redesign plants, animals and even humans for optimal functionality is on the horizon. Genetically modified organisms have been in existence since 1982 and are an area of concern among the wider community. These early modifications took years of research and thousands in funding, however, the ability to perfectly edit parts of a genome in a simple, cost-effective and quick manner has arrived, CRISPR-Cas9 technology. This technology consists of a targeting molecule and a cutting molecule. 1) The cutting molecule is an enzyme called CRISPR Associated Protein 9 (Cas9). It can cut double stranded DNA (allowing for additional techniques to be used to add, modify or remove genes). 2) The targeting molecule is called the guide RNA (gRNA), and is a designed RNA molecule that has complementarity to the target gene. The gRNA ‘guides’ the Cas9 enzyme to the exact location where DNA needs to be cut in...
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BABSOC Careers Night 2017

BABSOC Careers Night 2017

BABSOC is having Careers Night. The theme is innovation, entrepreneurship, and start-ups! Come along to learn about some awesome companies that have roots with UNSW and also find out how UNSW can help you launch your very own startup! Ever wondered what your science degree may take you? BABSOC is having an innovation themed Career's Night with BioFoundry, Regeneus, Ziggy Labs and CancerAid as our guest speakers. Interested in helping to make the world a better place? Then come join us and talk to some of the most innovative companies in Australia and get involved!" ...
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BABSOC x BABS Photo Competition

Bringing out the artist talent of BABS, BABSOC in collaboration with the school of BABS launched a new and exciting photo competition amongst all students, staff and researchers. With our new E26 biosciences building currently empty with endless walls of white, this event opened up the opportunity to feature exceptional artwork amongst the people of BABS whilst being able to proudly decorate our building with the aesthetics of science. The event was an amazing success, with the entrance of almost a hundred participants and a social outreach of countless more. This was a skyrocket in engagement of the BABS community with entries ranging from the ancient academic druids of BABS to our foetus undergraduates. This event also marked the beginning of our new social media channel, Instagram @babsoc.unsw, which was used to share every submission made on Facebook in hopes to "get with the trends" of the young'ins. With the closure of the photo submission, we celebrated the winners and commemorated the event...
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In love with Science

“Do you love Science?” This question was asked by a lecturer in the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (BABS). People tend to think of Science as the subjects of Chemistry, Physics, and Biology, but what about Computer Science or Pharmacology? Do they count as Science? Well of course! The lecturer also said that if you love Science, you can do well with it. It may take a couple of weeks to wrap your head around that difficult concept, but you’ll get there! BABS subjects can look daunting: Cell Biology, Human Biochemistry, and Biotechnology. This is because we are trying to link together several different concepts. If you are studying Medical Physics, you need a background in Cancer, Cell Biology, and Radiopharmaceuticals. So how do you have the energy to get up in the morning to attend your 4-hour long lab, followed by 6 hours of lectures and 5 hours of assignments each day? Love. Love is the greatest...
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