Can Brain Cells Regenerate?

Can Brain Cells Regenerate?

Neuroscience is always a popular area of study for A level students. For many years we have thought that the cells of the brain and the nervous system, the neurones, were incapable of replication and that the brain cells at birth remained static, so that if they died,...
Why I don’t want PPE to be compulsory

Why I don’t want PPE to be compulsory

I spent almost thirty years of my professional life wearing PPE. Let me explain why it shouldn’t be randomly worn by the general public. Sally Scientist is fresh out of university with the ink still wet on her degree certificate. She has started her first job in a...
Supporting remote tuition – advice for parents

Supporting remote tuition – advice for parents

With the Covid pandemic in the UK hopefully past the peak, but with no clear return date for secondary schools, it’s time to reflect back over six weeks or so of remote tuition. Unlike some small businesses, mine will survive. Despite losing my year 11 and 13 students...
Is it acceptable to drink alcohol in outpatients?

Is it acceptable to drink alcohol in outpatients?

Twelve years ago, I made a career move from being a biomedical scientist with teaching and training responsibilities to being a teacher. I’ve been sifting through paperwork from my biomedical science days and as these documents go as far back as 1979, there are some...
The Chemistry of Death

The Chemistry of Death

In the UK, there are several different examination boards. While the core syllabus for A level biology is much the same, each board is slightly different in the style and content of what could be described as the ‘bells and whistles’. Edexcel is the only board to...