Antioxidants, are they all they seem?

A few years ago anti-oxidants burst into the headlines being touted as the new essential anti-aging, and cancer wonder molecule. Now, you can’t seem to buy a moisturiser without a label on it proudly stating it “contains anti-oxidants” but what exactly are anti-oxidants, and are they really the wonder compound they are made out to be?

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Meet The Scientist- Alice Godden

Hello everyone. It has been quite some time since the last β€œMeet the scientist” feature- but sometimes it is worth the wait!

It would like to introduce you all to the lovely Alice Godden. Alice is a 2nd year PhD student based in the Wheeler lab at the University of East Anglia.Β  The Wheeler lab specialises in the investigation of tissue development, by using the model organism Xenopus, which is an African claw-toed frog.Β  As well as doing some super interesting work into tissue development. Alice is a great science communicator and has recently written an article in the science magazine Wonk, given a talk at the latest pint of science event, and presented her research in under 3 minutes as part of the 3-minute thesis competition.

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Balancing conservation and agriculture

Recently I was able to attend the annual science meeting at the John Innes Centre, and hear about some amazing science going on across the insitute. One talk topic particularly caught my interest- balancing food production with environmental conservation.

Dr Diane Saunders gave a really interesting talk about the delicate balance currently being investigated involving the Common Barberry Bush, the Barberry Carpet Moth, and the cereal disease wheat stem rust- which I am going to share with you in this post.

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Tips and tricks for the final thesis push

Hi everyone!

As some of you may know I have just handed in my thesis! From the very first year of the PhD you start hearing stories about the dreaded Thesis writeup, and while it is hard, it isn’t the worst thing ever.  Once you get your head in the game, it’s ok!

Sometimes its useful to get some hints and tips from people who have written up, so here are a few of mine.

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