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Welcome to Nordic BioSite's Life Science Blog. Here, we will provide commentary on current events and trends in biological sciences, interesting stories about important scientists, technical tips and suggestions, and much more. Read on and learn something new.
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Touching Down on the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Last week, the Nobel assembly at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden announced the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to two scientists whose work ultimately solved the ancient mystery of how the human body perceives temperature and pressure.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This annual campaign was set up in 1985 as a partnership between national public service organisations, professional medical associations, charities, and governmental agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness. The goal of the campaign today is to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer, and to educate people about breast cancer risks, why and how to be screened and seek medical attention, if what to do when a suspicious lump appears.

 

World Alzheimer’s Day

Every September, people from all over the world come together for World Alzheimer’s Month. This is a month-long global campaign to raise awareness about the issues faced by people affected by dementia and to challenge the common stigmas and myths that surround Alzheimer-related dementia, a disease that directly affects almost 50 million people worldwide.

September 2021 marks the 10th year of the global World Alzheimer’s Month campaign, while today, 21st September, marks World Alzheimer’s Day.

Modulate Gene Expression With CRISPRa And CRISPRi

 

If you’re new to CRISPR, then you might think of it as a tool to disrupt (knock out) or add (knock-in) sequences or genes of interest to the genome, but in this post, we will introduce you to two newer CRISPR applications that do something rather different.

Gene Silencing – RNAi or CRISPR?

No matter what area of research you are working in, at some point or another you may need to decipher the function of a completely unknown protein or better understand the mechanisms of a cellular pathway.

There are many ways of going about this, either by interfering at the protein level through the use of small molecule inhibitors or blocking antibodies, the genetic level by altering the gene sequence that encodes your protein of interest, or at the transcriptional level by interfering with the RNA transcript.

This piece looks at CRISPR and RNA interference (RNAi) – two commonly used methods to interrogate gene function – and compares the pros and cons of each approach within a lab research setting.

World Lung Cancer Day 2021

 

Today marks the 9th Annual World Lung Cancer Day (WLCD).

The inaugural WLCD was initiated by the Forum of International Respiratory Societies in 2012 as a campaign to celebrate, commemorate & support people affected by lung cancer all over the world.

On the day and in the lead up to it, members of the international lung health community including the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) and the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) in the U.S. host various events to raise awareness and educate about the disease risk factors as well as encourage people to seek screening tests for early diagnosis and improved prognoses.