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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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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