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Elephant man drug trial

When a new drug is synthesised it has to go through multiple testing phases taking place over years, the first of which take place in a laboratory and eventually move on to human trials, called clinical trials. Theralizumab (TGN1412) was an immunomodulatory drug that was manufactured to treat B cell chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and auto-immuneContinue reading “Elephant man drug trial”

Pillars of Medical Ethics

Medical ethics are the moral principles that govern the practice of medicine. Medical ethics is based on a set of pillars, or core values that doctors and other medical professionals can refer to when in conflict about a decision. These four pillars are; Autonomy, Non-maleficence, Beneficence and Justice. Autonomy means the right of self-government; itContinue reading “Pillars of Medical Ethics”

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020 – CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020 was awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna for discovering the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors. Only five other women have won this prize before; Frances H. Arnold, Ada E. Yonath, Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, Irène Joliot-Curie and Marie Curie. While Charpentier was studying a bacterium called Streptococcus pyogenes, she found aContinue reading “The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020 – CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors”

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