Neuralink Case Study

Originally posted on Twitter... This semester I've had the opportunity to tutor 'Biomaterials in Medicine' (CHEE4305) & today was the most fun I've ever had in a class at the University of Queensland! The topic was @elonmusk's revolutionary tech startup Neuralink, aiming to develop implantable brain devices. So what makes Neuralink so revolutionary? Historic Biomaterial revolutions - pacemakers, … Continue reading Neuralink Case Study

(Thread) Coral, microbiome & the philosophy of biological research

Read on Twitter! (1/12) V. thought provoking seminar today @TRI_info by Prof John Huss entitled ‘Ecological medicine & medical ecology’. Discussed were ecological strategies for #coralremediation and the #microbiome. But more interesting was unpacking the #philosophy of biological research!.... (2/12) The field of microbiome #research is still very young, and it’s hard to get a handle on what is established and where exactly … Continue reading (Thread) Coral, microbiome & the philosophy of biological research

Resisting ‘Superbugs’ in the Post-antibiotic Era

Abstract: Antibiotic resistance represents the highest likelihood threat towards human civilisation as we know it. The mechanism by which antibacterial resistance arises is through natural section and evolution of bacterial strains that have acquired a suite of advantageous mutations, allowing them to circumvent the action of antibacterial drugs. However, these mutations typically have pleiotropic effects … Continue reading Resisting ‘Superbugs’ in the Post-antibiotic Era

Time to trash ‘junk DNA’

Having to read Sean Carroll’s ‘The Making of the Fittest’ as part of an evolution course I'm taking this semester, a concept that struck my attention was 'junk DNA', introduced along with the imagery of genes as archipelagos of information amongst a sea of junk within the genome. Although this contemporary science book has been fascinating thus far, it was … Continue reading Time to trash ‘junk DNA’

Harry Potter and the Resurrection of Alchemy

by Jordan Pennells Some of us may never feel the urge to step outside the magical embrace that Harry Potter offers its readers. But for those that do, take a second to ponder the scientific principles that may be underpinning some of the supernatural themes presented throughout the series. Do Portkeys bend the fabric of … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Resurrection of Alchemy

The (mon)Keys of Evolution

by Jordan Pennells The human evolutionary timeline is a contentious topic within academia, repeatedly being revised with the development of genetic technologies. A common misconception is that we evolved from Chimpanzees. This idea is somewhat incorrect in the sense that (it is theorised that) both species evolved from a common ancestor between 6.5-7 million years ago, … Continue reading The (mon)Keys of Evolution