Henrietta Lacks: Immortal yet forgotten

This is a story about a woman named Henrietta. Henrietta Lacks. Henrietta was born in Virginia in 1920. She grew up on a struggling tobacco farm, living in the same building where her great-grandparents had lived as slaves years earlier. In 1951 Just 4 months after giving birth to her fifth child, Henrietta was diagnosed … Read moreHenrietta Lacks: Immortal yet forgotten

Creeping and crawling: how cells move

My PhD is in the field of cell biology. More specifically, I am trying to find out how cells ‘feel’ and respond to the environment around them. I am on a one man mission to prove that they are not just boring blobs, but actually fascinating molecular machines! One process that I work on is cell … Read moreCreeping and crawling: how cells move

I’ve got U(V) under my skin

The burning red sunburn fades into a ‘healthy’ brown. The pain has subsided and, in the knowledge that your complexion will spark jealousy in your co-workers upon your return, it all seems like it was worth it. But was it? To follow-up my previous post about how sun cream protects your skin from the Sun’s … Read moreI’ve got U(V) under my skin