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About arnolp04

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    Spain
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    Friends, the beach, the mountains
  • College Major/Degree
    University of London, BSc Biological Sciences
  • Favorite Area of Science
    Genetics
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    I’m passionate about scientific ideas and communicating them to the public. My degree is in biological sciences. Though I loved my studies, my experimental technique was poor so I went into broadcasting instead.
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    Freelance writer
  1. arnolp04

    Great Porn Names

    For the physicists - Max Spanx For the biologists - Bruce Aims
  2. Hi there, Have you thought about what aspects of biology or microbiology appeal to you - i.e. evolutionary genetics, therapeutic cloning, forensic microbiology, cells systems etc ? Once you have an idea of the fields you prefer you could then look for the centres of excellence and world leading labs for those subjects. If you want to work in forensics try Leicester University (where Sir Alec Jeffreys created dna figerprinting). I studied genetics at London University and highly recommend the place. Good luck with your search Paul
  3. don't forget mitochondrial mini-chromosomes in some plants, protists, and 18 of them in the lice genome
  4. Carve it in a cave and seal the entrance - or create a website and leave the message there? In a million years time (possibly) there'll be no bugs in software packages that need fixes, and your digital message will be easy to retrieve.
  5. Interesting idea, but not much fun living as a brain in a jar. I haven't got the best body in the world, but I'm quite attached to it. Also, forgive me for being overly negative, but whilst I believe there are ways to extend lifespans, afterall that's what medicines do, and there's some pretty exciting work with telomeres in c.elegans - live forever just sounds too good to be true - like 'get rich quick' - it'll never happen. Every generation has their own potion, lotion, idea for eternal youth, an elixir of life, but unless you are about to celebrate your 250th birthday, all 'live forever' ideas are doomed to failure. I would love to be proved wrong and eagerly await that time.
  6. I don't think animals have a good survival record in space - but, are you asking whether the process of genetically altering an animal would affect its chances of survival? If it's a cloned animal, well, their success rates aren't too good on the ground, so I don't see how they would fare any better in space. And even if you're talking about an animal that's had a few cells genetically altered, perhaps to express some human proteins, this shouldn't affect its survivability. I imagine that it would be all the other affects of space travel, and zero-to low gravity that would dictate whether an animal lives or dies. Or whether the crew was hungry.
  7. Not sure this really helps with the discussion but being something of a reductionist I approach any correlative research such as that featured in New Scientist with extreme caution. They remind me of epidemiological studies that try and link a cause to an effect, and so many of them fail to deliver the goods. And though this next comment might elicit a groan - IQ testing is far too limited in its scope to be a true measure of intelligence.
  8. As a former BBC journalist we always used 9/11 (nine-eleven) in on-air descriptions and astons
  9. Theoretically beautiful and now a practical reality. In my view it is immoral and against nature (human nature) not to use this technology. How many miserable lives, blighted by terrible genetic diseases could be saved by stem cell technology? Great news, brilliant research!
  10. Any ideas on how you can resurrect people? Surely the past is the past and once people have died that's it - isn't it? The grandfather paradox doesn't need to be invoked because you can't go back and visit him as a boy.
  11. I have a fondness for Trypanosoma cruzi - but only because when I first heard the name of the disease it causes I was in a lecture and the guy sitting next to me thought it was so funny that he couldn't control his giggles - and when someone next to you is laughing like mad, it's kind of infectious and soon the whole hall was in tears - apart from our lecturer, who was quite an eminent scientist and really wasn't amused. I am now more mature - the disease it causes is really unpleasant but the name is Chagas disease
  12. the biggest fear around the LHC is that the darn thing won't work at all, and might turn out to be a white elephant - anyone got any other ways of finding Higgs?
  13. God and science don't have to be mutually exclusive - some of the world's top astronomers are Jesuit priests and they work for the pope out of an observatory on Mount Graham in Arizona and at the pope's summer palace just outside Rome.
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