• Computer graphic visualisation of the COVID-19 virus with spike proteins shown in green and blue jutting out from the rest of the virus shown in red

    COVID-19 Variants

    Maria Stuart There has been plenty of talk about new variants of the coronavirus. Maria Stuart explains what we know so far about some of the emerging variants and the effect that they are likely to have. What is a variant? Viruses are constantly changing and mutating. Small variations...
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    Dr Elizabeth Blackwell: America’s First Woman in Medicine

    Megan Cuerden Choosing just one inspirational woman in the field of science for this article was the hardest part of it all. There are countless women who deserve to be celebrated, some who have already been covered by Impact and I’m sure there are many more articles yet to...
  • Get Growing! 5 Lovely Plants Every Garden Should Have

    This article is brought to you by Kristel Gil Big or small, there will always be another room for a new plant in your garden. Drop your stress levels to zero by only admiring the beauty of your garden, your little haven on earth. If you’re looking for a...
  • COVID-19: How Long Does Immunity Last?

    Adam Goriparthi Half a year after infection, people who have recovered from COVID-19 still have antibodies against the virus which may drive long-lasting immunity. Recent findings suggest that cases of reinfection may be infrequent due to certain types of immune cells continuing to protect people against the severe acute...
  • How Does The Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine Work?

    Sarvenaz Hosseini The news has been full of reports about the new vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech. But how does it actually work? Impact writer and Pharmacy PhD student, Sarvenaz Hosseini explains. How Do Vaccines Work? Vaccination involves introducing the body to a weakened or inactivated pathogen so that in the...
  • The Stolen Cells Of Henrietta Lacks

    Sarvenaz Hosseini          Would you want your cells to live on beyond your death without your consent? How would your children and grandchildren feel knowing bits of you are in labs all over the world without you or them having a say? Studied and examined. Your...
  • Science of Fear: What Happens When You’re Afraid?

    Megan Cuerden When you think about it, what is it that gets you really scared? For me, it’s always been that scene in Harry Potter with the insane number of spiders. Paranormal activity can send me off to sleep like a lullaby, but one small spider and I’m off...