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Spotlight on Zika – RCSIsmj staff writer Stephanie Tung

Posted: February 15, 2016 at 10:30 PM   /   News

A recent announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO), declaring Zika virus as a “global public health emergency” has brought worldwide attention to this previously unheard of virus.1 Zika virus is classified as a member of the virus family Flaviviridae, which includes Dengue, West Nile, yellow fever and Japanese encephalitis virus.2 The virus is characterised […]

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‘Getting your Bell rung’: Is concussion the Death Knell for Contact Sports? – RCSIsmj senior staff writer Daniel O’Reilly

Posted: November 15, 2015 at 11:59 PM   /   Blog

We have been treated to a glut of sporting festivities over the last several months- Rugby World Cup, Football European Qualifiers and World Championships in Boxing that have all had strong Irish representation. However, an issue that has surrounded all these contests is the occurrence of concussion, a type of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).1While […]

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CRISPR-Cas9: the new golden child of genetic engineering – RCSIsmj staff writer Vincent Healy

Posted: October 15, 2015 at 11:34 PM   /   Blog, News

Lauded as the biggest game-changer since PCR, the humble enzyme Cas9 (CRISPR-associated nuclease 9) is keeping molecular biologists awake at night. CRISPR-Cas9 is the latest genetic engineering technique using site-directed cleaving enzymes as ‘molecular scissors’. Cas9 is an RNA-guided DNA endonuclease, while CRISPRs are viral nucleic acid sequences which have been incorporated into bacterial genomes. […]

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