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Tagged With: biology

Decorating the dolphin: why a marine mammal deserves the crown

Opinion piece by Billy Mills – Biology Week intern at the Royal Society of Biology. Read blogs about the other mammals in the #UKMammalPoll and vote for your Favourite UK Mammal. While helping create the UK Mammal Poll, I noticed that many people seem to be unaware of the diversity of mammals that live in … Continue reading »

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Research, industry and policy join forces to tackle antimicrobial resistance

By Gabriele Butkute, science policy assistant at the Society of Biology and the Biochemical Society If we fail to act on AMR then an additional 10 million lives would be lost each year to drug-resistant strains of malaria, HIV, TB, and certain bacterial infections by 2050, at a cost to the world economy of 100 … Continue reading »

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Capturing Biology in Action

Billy Clapham is a zoology student at the University of Sheffield and won the Society’s amateur photography competition last year. Photography is a fantastic medium to explore and reveal the beauty of the natural world in all its forms. But beautiful photographs of animals and plants from all around the world, while no less special, … Continue reading »

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Chemistry Nobel Winners are Asset to Biology

Amanda Hardy AMSB is schools and colleges officer at the Society of Biology. She writes about this year’s Nobel Prize for Chemistry, and its impact on biology. The 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded jointly to Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell and William E. Moerner “for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy”. All three … Continue reading »

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Rosalind Franklin: heroine of the double helix

Jess Devonport, external communications executive at NICE, celebrates the achievements of Rosalind Franklin and her place in our poll of the top ten biologists who’ve changed the world. “We wish to discuss a structure for the salt of Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA).” James Watson and Frances Crick wrote, “This structure has novel features which are of … Continue reading »

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Edward Jenner: The end of plagues?

John Rhodes, immunologist and author of a new book about Edward Jenner and vaccination, The End of Plagues: The Global Battle Against Infectious Disease, pays tribute to Jenner. Jenner won a place in our online poll in June to find the top ten biologists who had changed the world as part of our hertiage focused … Continue reading »

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Wallace: The most admirable man in all science?

To celebrate the place of Alfred Russel Wallace in the top ten biologists who’ve changed the world, Dr Elizabeth Rollinson, executive secretary at the Linnean Society writes about his achievements. Alfred Russel Wallace was a naturalist and explorer, born in 1823 in Usk, Wales. In 1852, he began a correspondence with Charles Darwin that would … Continue reading »

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Sir Alec Jeffreys and DNA fingerprinting

To celebrate the place of Sir Alec Jeffreys Hon FRSB in the top ten biologists who’ve changed the world, Alastair Stewart, communications and press manager at the Biochemical Society, writes about the achievements of one of their most celebrated members. Listen to Sir Alec Jeffreys being interviewed by Professor Alison Woollard FRSB at the RSB’s … Continue reading »

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Anthony Carlisle: author, surgeon and discoverer of electrolysis

by Anita Sedgwick, project officer for Biology: Changing the World. The winners of the project’s ‘top ten’ poll were announced on the 9th June, and included Anthony Carlisle. Naked guardsmen and gothic novels aren’t the things that spring to mind when you’re first asked to think of a typical surgeon, but then Anthony Carlisle was far … Continue reading »

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GIFS: informal but informative

Jenni Lacey, membership marketing officer at the Society of Biology, explores the use of infographics and GIFS in science communication Over the past few years there has been an explosion of infographics, GIFS and short videos online communicating a science message. My news feeds, friends’ pages and twitter stream are constantly full of bite-sized and … Continue reading »

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