Neuroscience is always a popular area of study for A level students. For many years we have thought that the cells of the brain and the nervous system, the neurones, were incapable of replication and that the brain cells at birth remained static, so that if they died, they were not replaced. Continue reading Can Brain Cells Regenerate?
The 2019 Nobel Prize for Medicine has been shared between three scientists trying to answer this very question – and is an excellent example for collaborative working. Continue reading Scientific Collaborations
When I was at school, (ok, I know that it was a long time ago), in one of our very first chemistry lessons in the equivalent of year 7, we were taught to balance equations. In subsequent lessons, whenever we were given an example of a chemical reaction or we did an experiment, we were given a word equation and we were expected to turn it into a symbol equation and balance it. By the time we reached year 9, we were all experts.
When I see a new student, I always ask if they can balance equations and the answer is usually no. Continue reading Balancing equations – a nightmare for many but a chemistry necessity
Tutoring A level biology allows me to indulge in one of my passions of biochemistry. The immune system. To me, immunology is one of the most fascinating topics of the biology curriculum. Unfortunately, many of my students are unable to feel the same way. Continue reading When the Immune System has a Meltdown
Organoids are new to me. I knew of them as a theoretical concept but didn’t know that they had been given a name of their own. With thanks to the Edexcel Examination Board and the publication of the scientific article for use with A Level Biology Paper 3 this year, I’ve been on a journey of discovery in the organoid world. Continue reading Organoids – what on earth are they?