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Evolving proteins – no DNA required

Evolving proteins – no DNA required

Prions are the infective agents that cause transmissible spongiform encephalopathies such as Mad Cow Disease in humans. All prions affect the brain or neural tissues and are currently untreatable.

January 5, 2014 — S.E. Gould
Happy New Year – the blog retrospective

Happy New Year – the blog retrospective

Last year, my New Year’s Resolution was to try for a child with my husband. As I’m currently typing while trying to entertain a three month old baby I think I can safely claim that as one of the most successful New Year’s Resolutions I’ve ever made.

January 1, 2014 — S.E. Gould
The SOS response: how bacteria deal with damaged DNA

The SOS response: how bacteria deal with damaged DNA

DNA is important stuff. It’s present in all living organisms on the planet (or ‘almost all’ if you wish to remain friends with virologists) and contains the information required to produce and organise the proteins within a cell.

December 22, 2013 — S.E. Gould

The bacteria in breast milk

Bacteria are found in large numbers all over the human body where there is a channel to the outside world, for example in the gut, lungs, and surface of the skin.

December 8, 2013 — S.E. Gould
Lab Rat Fund-raising

Lab Rat Fund-raising

This month, I’m taking part in the Big Issue Knitathon! The aim of the knitathon is to get as many people as possible knitting 6” squares which will be sewn together into a giant handmade blanket.

November 10, 2013 — S.E. Gould
Guest post: Bricks of knowledge

Guest post: Bricks of knowledge

While I’m getting used to my new arrival the iGEM Team from Copenhagen have kindly provided a great guest post about their work over the summer.

October 8, 2013 — S.E. Gould
Lab Rat’s new arrival

Lab Rat’s new arrival

For those wondering why there’s been such a hiatus on the blog lately – on 24th September I gave birth to my own little baby boy: Theo.

October 1, 2013 — S.E. Gould
Butterfly watch: four legs vs. six legs

Butterfly watch: four legs vs. six legs

After last years rains and the late snows of winter, this summer has been a really good one for British butterflies. As August has now come to an end, and summer technically turns into autumn, I thought it was time for another butterfly post.

September 7, 2013 — S.E. Gould

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