Author Archives: thebrainbank

About thebrainbank

The brain bank comprises a group of scientists from the North West of England eager to enthuse and entertain with their scientific banter. To learn more about who we are see the our 'about' page. You can also find us on twitter @brainbankmanc or email us [email protected]

Cakealicious science: The science of baking

Food glorious food! Cakes cakes and more cakes! These sweet creations have had people drooling for centuries. There are many variations from rich chocolate to fruit and nut, covered in buttercream or marzipan, stuffed with jam or cream, the choices … Continue reading

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Woody Plants and pharmaceutics

Take a moment to think about your health over the last year. How often have you taken a painkiller to manage that headache or fever? These powerful tools have the ability to save you from a day of pain, allowing … Continue reading

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Are we finished editing CRISPR?

The academic world has been abuzz in the last few years with talk of a new gene editing technology known as CRISPR.  We hear about it on the news and are told that it could one day be a game-changer … Continue reading

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How to perfect your astro-photos.

In my last post I discussed why astronomers take multiple identical photographs of the same astronomical object in order to reduce the effects of random noise. I discussed how this noise arises and gave examples of the improvements gained by … Continue reading

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Can I please buy one of your kidneys?

Should we legalise the sale of human organs? In the UK alone the average waiting time for a kidney transplant is 3 years, this costs the NHS around £24,000 per patient per year and in 2013 – 2014 1000 people … Continue reading

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Insight from behind the lab bench: Could a period pain treatment be re-purposed to treat Alzheimer’s disease?

Today we are lucky enough to have the opportunity to publish a post written by Mike Daniels – one of the researchers behind the recent discovery that a drug used for the treatment of period pain may have a role … Continue reading

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Fat vs fat in the fight against obesity and diabetes

Using fat to treat obesity and obesity-related conditions, such as type II diabetes, may sound like a strange idea. Nevertheless, this is exactly what scientists are working to achieve. So the question is, why? There are in fact two types … Continue reading

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