“Why I became a vegan but still don’t consider myself some kind of new age health freak”

This is my third week of Attempting Veganism. There is a joke something along the lines of ‘how do you know if someone’s a vegan?’ – ‘they’ll tell you’; I thought to myself, I’m not going to become one of those self-righteous in-your-face let me guilt-trip you kind of vegans, I’ll be subtle about it. […]

“The genome generation”

On Monday night, I attended a public lecture organised by BrisScience entitled ‘The revolutionary impact of genomics on medicine & healthcare’ and I left feeling very inspired and optimistic (it’s nice to have a break from the monotony of cynicism sometimes). DNA sequencing technology has advanced rapidly in the last few decades, but I hadn’t realised […]

He who shouts the loudest…

People often think of science as something performed in labs, by people in white coats, something quite isolated from their own lives. Yet scientific research has far-reaching implications for so many aspects of society, particularly government policies and public health. For the general population, their relationship with science is mostly mediated through the media. The […]

Richard Axel

“Before you know, you must imagine” Curiosity, intellectual intensity and collaboration – these words define Dr. Richard Axel’s distinguished scientific career. His pioneering work on the olfactory system won him and his fellow investigator, Linda Buck, the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine in 2004. This award reflected over a decade of work accomplished in […]

Past & progress & a science-writing retrospective

So it’s been a while. Mental health issues and an intense relationship later, I’m finally feeling sort of stable again, still slightly oscillating but not to any extremes. My psychologist suggested I make a mind-map to develop my study and work goals, and it was immensely helpful. It is just so refreshing feeling interested in […]