-Katy Waters My time at Royal Holloway is now coming to an end and on July 12th my student status will have evolved into that of a zoology graduate. If I could go back in time to 3 years ago, … Continue reading A Few Cheeky Cheats For Zoology Undergrads
-Jaskaran Dhillon Nine years after the Human Genome Project, 25 leading synthetic biologists, including a few from the original project, have decided to now create an entire genome from scratch. The project, known as the Human Genome Project–Write (HGP-write), first generated interest at a talk at Harvard medical school in Boston. … Continue reading Creating A Genome
Why saving the joke of the animal kingdom may have been worth it. -Miranda Burke That inspired title might imply to you that I think saving these abominations was a bit of a ‘con’. This has always been a widely … Continue reading Pandas – Putting The ‘Con’ In Conservation?
-Antony Ho Would you feel comfortable with the idea of voluntarily exploding your entire body on the off chance that by doing so you would be able to protect your home, maybe a bit like a “good” terrorist? Probably not… But … Continue reading Insect Altruism – Have The Insects Got It All Wrong?
It’s a new year at Royal Holloway, and The Scientists’ Scribe has a brand new look! Welcome Week is well underway and our editorial team has had their work cut out getting to all the Freshers’ events and promoting the Scribe. We’re aiming to expand significantly this year, and the launch of this website is just a small part of it. We’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, and we’ll continue to produce the paper magazine. The Bourne Foyer has had a facelift over the summer and the Scribe’s new look is going to reflect the cutting-edge research and education in the department. … Continue reading Welcome To Our New Website!
Professor Alan Gange, Head of School Welcome to the second edition of the School newsletter for this session. I hope you enjoyed reading the first edition as much as I did. I would like to congratulate all of those involved in the editing and production of this newsletter. As I have said before, a publication like this can only be as good as its contributors, and after such a good start, we need to keep the momentum going. So please consider writing something today! In the relatively short time since the last newsletter, the School has seen remarkable success in research grant awards. Such awards are vital for the … Continue reading Professor Gange’s Newsletter
Over the hills and far away, deep down in the backwoods of the Bourne Building, Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm, teletubbies come out to play – except this time the tubby custard is a pile of lab reports, and the teletubbies are our academic guardian angels, the glorious women behind the inner workings of the teaching office – Nikki Moss and Mel Kiukkanen. The Scientists’ Scribe popped in for a chat; and here is what they had to say. SS: Describe yourself in three words. MK: Enthusiastic, Determined and Organized. NM: Enthusiastic, Kind and Reliable SS: When did you first arrive at Royal Holloway, could you … Continue reading INTERVIEW: The Glorious Women of the SBS’ Teaching Office
Emma Keogh, Biology & Psychology 3rd Year Many females in Britain are well aware of the benefits of the contraceptive pill, the most important being the inhibition of their ovulation, which in essence causes temporary infertility. These little pills have been riding on our shelves … Continue reading Oral Contraceptives. Ever used one?
Elisavet-Vasiliki Papadopoulou, Biochemistry 3rd Year During discussions with peers regarding depression I often hear the following statement: ‘Depression is caused by low serotonin levels’. We today know that the mechanisms involved in depression are complex; involving psychological and neurochemical factors. One such … Continue reading Misconceptions on the Origin of Depression