The next step for An Anxious Scientist

I am so excited to finally unveil the new An Anxious Scientist logo. It brings together everything that I feel strongly about -- science, mental health and empowering women. Science has been all I have wanted to do ever since my Year 11 biology teacher told me that I could. She instructed me to buy Campbell and Reece's… Continue reading The next step for An Anxious Scientist

Designer babies? Not yet.

For anyone who watches the breakfast news or flicks through the papers on the way to work it was impossible to miss the latest case of media scaremongering this week.  "Dawn of the designer baby" cried the Daily Mail. "One giant step for designer babies" exclaimed i. Dr Hilary tried desperately in his ITV interview… Continue reading Designer babies? Not yet.

Call for contributors!

An Anxious Scientist is expanding! Keen to get some writing experience but not sure where to go? Want to let people know about the awesome scicomm that you're doing? Get in touch! An Anxious Scientist is looking for guest bloggers to write short articles on a science-related topic of their choice as well as some enthusiastic scicommers… Continue reading Call for contributors!

Skip Benefit, not class

Benefit Cosmetics has come under fire recently for their Skip Class Not Concealer campaign, seemingly implying that beauty, rather than brains, is the thing that society values about females. It has understandably received a lot of backlash with many feeling that it is another example of everyday sexism that should not be coming out of a… Continue reading Skip Benefit, not class

The latest blockbuster, directed by CRISPR

CRISPR is the hottest name around right now. Standing for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats, CRISPR (pronounced 'crisper') is found naturally as part of the defence system that bacteria employ to protect themselves from foreign DNA. It has been hijacked by scientists who now use it as a highly specific gene-editing tool and it seems… Continue reading The latest blockbuster, directed by CRISPR

Buzzing about at the Insect Festival

Okay, there was no buzzing. Not from the Museum table anyway; all of our exhibits had been dead for a while. But the whole Royal Ent Soc event, hosted in the Hospitium in Museum Gardens, was packed full of visitors and there was definitely a buzz about the place. The Museum brought some specimen trays… Continue reading Buzzing about at the Insect Festival

The ECM Forum Roadshow launch!

On Friday June 30th, Helen Brown (Chair), Amiee Allen (Undergraduate) and I headed to the University of Leeds for the first in a series of three Summer Roadshows, designed and organised by the Microbiology Society ECM Forum Exec Committee. We hoped to use them as an opportunity for early career researchers to hear a couple… Continue reading The ECM Forum Roadshow launch!