In a Brave New World, published in 1932, Aldous Huxley imagined eggs and sperm kept in ‘racks upon racks of numbered test-tubes’ and babies grown in rows of flasks, provided with nutrients and hormones. While the birth of Louise Brown, forty years ago last year, must have seemed to some…
I returned to the UK on Sunday, touching down at 5am to a cold and driech December morning in London.
The temperature was even lower by the time I reached Aberdeen, 10 - but at least the sun was out.
During my last day in Sydney I started thinking about…
Australia is vast - 7.7x106 km2 and would accommodate Scotland a 100 x over, but with a population of only about five times the size. And as Bill Bryson remarked, ‘it has more things that will kill you than anywhere else’: the world’s top ten poisonous snakes - all Australian;…
This is my first trip to Australia and after twenty-two hours travelling and three flights, I finally arrived in Sydney. It was then a two and half hour drive, north, to Newcastle.
The week at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, was spent meeting researchers interested in signaling, extracellular…
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