Author: Nancy Powell

3D imaging: the heart of the matter

The heart is the most studied organ in our body, its general anatomy has been known for 100 years. Recently scientists at Liverpool University uncovered the heart’s complex and irregular three-dimensional geometry. The Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease has presented a new technological technique in order to image the human heart. Our heartbeat is the motor behind everything we do and must be well coordinated in time. Specialist tissues; the SAN, AVN and the His-Purkinje system in our heart control our heartbeat. These have electrical properties across the heart to keep our motor running. However these tissues also...

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New International Venture for University Science

The year of 2012 continues to be a year of positive and prosperous advances in health care and science developments at Liverpool University with the launch of a new global health research unit opening at the women’s hospital in Liverpool. The unit named Sanyu Unit for International Maternal and Child Health, promises to tackle the issue of international maternal and child health in areas of low resource by high impact interdisciplinary research. The unit is named in honour of Edith Sanyu who last year died from obstructed labour in Uganda. Obstructed labour has been termed as a ‘global burden’...

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Moonlighting proteins and Human cell shut down

This week the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Translational medicine has published a paper in the journal PNAS. The news of the paper’s acceptance broke whilst I was working in the same lab led by Dr. Stephen Royle, doing my undergrad laboratory project this term. This paper was exciting as it answers the debate of mechanisms involved in the shut-down process during cell division in the body. It has long been known that a protein of great interest in this lab, clathrin, is involved in two separate processes in the cell. The protein does not multitask as such, however,...

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Dirty Bombs and Physics

Dirty bombs, often made from nuclear and radioactive material are at the centre of attention in our world now more than ever. This month the University of Liverpool has been involved in a new £3 million international project funded by the European Commission, its participants plan to produce a mobile detection system to cut the risk of radioactive and nuclear materials being used in terrorism. Today governments are anxious about the easy availability of materials such as these and even more concerned about the availability in countries with inefficient control systems near to areas high in production, travel, storage...

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The Dysfunctional Relationship between Science and Government Policy

Is there a way we can better communicate in the UK science to the public? Since January, Chris Tyler and Rob Doubleday from the University of Cambridge centre for science and Policy, have tried to answer this question. Policy making by the government is often down to science advice received through leading researchers in their own field. However, the understanding of science by the public is often muffled as it is well filtered through the hands of many politicians and advisors, losing the elements of basic science findings. Policy needs science, so why is it’s relationship with Science so...

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