The deep, dark secret of the algal chloroplast- Oxbridge Varsity Sci Symposium

Talk Summary by Barbara Walkowiak The basics of photosynthesis, or why getting your own food is always challenging In times of climate change and rising global population, sustainable and efficient food production is of vital importance. The secret to improving crop yields may lie in the algal chloroplast, as powerfully described by Ella Catherall in…

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Anorexia nervosa and the microbiome- Oxbridge Varsity Sci Symposium

Talk Summary by Jasmine Charles On the third day of the Varsity Sci Symposium, Gayatri Tadikamalia from the University of Oxford delivered a thought-provoking presentation on anorexia nervosa and the microbiome. Throughout this clear and well- constructed slideshow, Gayatri pointed out the links between gut composition and the psychiatric illness, and tried to establish whether…

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Engineering enzymes to recycle CO2

Oxbridge Varsity Sci Symposium. Talk Summary by Harry Crook. Recently the world reached the one-degree centigrade rise predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as the first step in irreparable global warming; this has led to much research into CO2 emissions reduction. Initially this involved methods such as sequestration underground or simply planting trees,…

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