Author Archives: Almutasem Saleh

Sleep, revitalising you since birth


Humans and animals alike are bound to their need for sleep. However, there remains many mysteries such as; ‘What is sleep?’ ‘How is sleep controlled?’ Why is it necessary?’ ‘What happens if you get too much or too little?’. These interesting complicated questions have yet to be solved. There are many people who could be […]

So, you’re in the second year of a biological sciences degree and you’re looking for a summer Internship?


Summer Studentships This will be a brief guide to applying for summer internships available for an undergraduate studying Biological/ Medical Sciences and is in the penultimate year of their degree. There will be more internships available than those that I will suggest so leave yourself open to all kinds of opportunities. The first thing to […]

Noncoding DNA and Genome Evolution


Noncoding DNA and Genome Evolution   Noncoding DNA, why does it exist? There are many possibilities but it is thought that noncoding DNA has a function that has not yet been discovered hence why the cell is maintain it – it is essential for proper cell function. Another possibility is that noncoding sequences might be […]

Genome Evolution


There are two fundamentally different ways in which new genes could be acquired by a genome: By duplicating some or all of the existing genes in the genome. By acquiring genes from other species. Gene Duplication Mechanisms of Duplication There are many ways by which short segments of DNA containing one or a few genes […]

A synthetic biology solution to polystyrene degradation, can it be done? University of Leicester iGEM Team


­­­­iGEM   The genetically engineered machine (iGEM) competition started in 2003 and is open for participants from all over the world, consisting of 10 teams each with a student capacity of 10.  iGEM at the University of Leicester is used as an opportunity for 2nd year undergraduate students to­ gain research work experience over the […]

Sir Alec Jefferys Retirement Symposium: Lecture


35 Years at the DNA Coalface: A Tale of Scientific Serendipity In July 1975, Sir Alec Jeffreys published his thesis at the University of Oxford; “Studies on the Mitochondria of Cultured Mammalian Cells”. This led on to his work with Dick Flavell in Amsterdam which involved isolating a single mammalian gene. The revolutionary work by […]

Review of Some Molecular Visualisation software


Visualising Molecules: DNA Chemistry has been at the epicentre of my heart, a subject that I perceive difficult yet I have the ignited fire within to allow me to face such difficulty with curiosity instead. I’ve always been amazed at how much impact the chemistry communities’ ideas  have in the biological community and how that […]

Café Brain – Post Graduate Research Insights


The Café brain event held today (15/08/2012) at the University of Leicester, was surprisingly fun and it started getting me thinking of what I’d like to do when I’m doing my PhD (which is of course still just a dream – or be it an everyday converging reality towards one ). I was introduced to the BNA […]

Event at the University of Leicester


Café Research (formally known as Cafe Scientifique) are hosting an informal event where scientists and researchers can mingle and exchange ideas. The main reason for my excitement is that the talks will be mostly genetics/physiology related two fields that strike deeply into what I believe to be my future interests, they will be held on […]

A New Beginning, for Sciknowledge.


Greetings, firstly I apologise for the absence of recent blogs – the summer had me distracted with other tasks. However, this time round Sciknowledge will return stronger with a team of individuals (Most of which will be from the University of Leicester – Biological Sciences/Medical Sciences Department). I hope all of those who visit this […]