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  • Rare diseases: low numbers, high impact

    By Emily Coode, Dr Katja Rietdorf

    Rare Diseases Day is celebrated annually on the last day of February. This ‘rare day’ which occurs on the 28th February, or once every 4 years, the 29th of February was an apt choice for Rare Diseases Day. Many people do not fully appreciate what...

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    10 mins

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    26 Feb 2021

  • Rare diseases: low numbers, high impact

    Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 Feb 2021
    Rare Diseases Day is celebrated annually on the last day of February. This ‘rare day’ which occurs on the 28th February, or once every 4 years, the 29th of...
  • Broken Hearts in Batten Disease (Juvenile Dementia)

    By Emily Coode, Dr Katja Rietdorf

    An overview of the processes that cause the regular beating of a healthy heart, and the structure of cardiac myocytes (heart muscle cells) with a brief introduction to changes in the heart function found in CLN3 disease, or juvenile...

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    10 mins

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    15 Feb 2021

  • Broken Hearts in Batten Disease (Juvenile Dementia)

    Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Feb 2021
    An overview of the processes that cause the regular beating of a healthy heart, and the structure of cardiac myocytes (heart muscle cells) with a brief ...
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    DNA Profiling

    By Dr Martin Bootman

    Dr Martin Bootman explains what DNA profiling is, how it works and how it can be used to catch a killer.

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    10 mins

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    09 Feb 2021

  • DNA Profiling

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    Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Feb 2021
    Dr Martin Bootman explains what DNA profiling is, how it works and how it can be used to catch a killer.
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    Vaccines for Viruses

    By Professor David Kingsley Male

    The immune system has evolved to protect us against infectious agents, including viruses. Currently, with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, there is great interest in exactly how the immune system protects against viruses and the development of anti...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    21 Dec 2020

  • Vaccines for Viruses

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 21 Dec 2020
    The immune system has evolved to protect us against infectious agents, including viruses. Currently, with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, there is great...
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    Biology Week

    By Rachel McMullan

    Celebrate all the biosciences during the Royal Society Biology Week 2020, running over nine days from 3rd - 11th October. 

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    28 Sep 2020

  • Biology Week

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 28 Sep 2020
    Celebrate all the biosciences during the Royal Society Biology Week 2020, running over nine days from 3rd - 11th October. 
  • How does the human body fight a viral infection?

    By Dr Martin Bootman, Dr Jon Golding, Professor David Kingsley Male

    Some individuals generate an effective immune response to COVID-19. Why? Discover the immune response to viral infection in this explainer article...

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    20 mins

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    25 Sep 2020

  • How does the human body fight a viral infection?

    Intermediate level Duration 20 mins Updated 25 Sep 2020
    Some individuals generate an effective immune response to COVID-19. Why? Discover the immune response to viral infection in this explainer article....
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    06 May 2020

  • Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 relating to cancer

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 06 May 2020
    Discover how COVID-19 will impact new cancer treatments and ongoing clinical trials, access to drugs and smokers.
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    Does cancer treatment increase the risk of severe COVID-19 and why?

    By David Roig Carles, Dr Francesco Crea, Dr Jon Golding

    Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, targeted therapy and surgery can weaken a patient's immune system, so what happens if patient undergoing treatment comes into contact with COVID-19?

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    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    06 May 2020

  • Does cancer treatment increase the risk of severe COVID-19 and why?

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    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 06 May 2020
    Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, targeted therapy and surgery can weaken a patient's immune system, so what happens if patient undergoing treatment comes...
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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    06 May 2020

  • How might COVID-19 affect cancer patients at different stages of their disease?

    How might COVID-19 affect cancer patients at different stages of their disease? Copyright free  image Icon Copyright free: ID 37133026 © Tyler Olson | Dreamstime.com
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 06 May 2020
    Will Covid-19 delay cancer treatment? What should you do if you think you have cancer symptoms in these strange times? This articles explains...
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    How does COVID-19 affect cancer treatment?

    By David Roig Carles, Dr Francesco Crea, Dr Jon Golding

    Cancer researchers working at The Open University answer cancer-related questions about the new coronavirus in this series of articles...

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    10 mins

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    06 May 2020

  • How does COVID-19 affect cancer treatment?

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 06 May 2020
    Cancer researchers working at The Open University answer cancer-related questions about the new coronavirus in this series of articles...

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