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22nd February 2021

Basics of phage genome annotation and classification – how to get started

Isolating a new bacteriophage (or phage), a virus that infects bacteria, is for many students their first venture into microbiology. Once you can see that first lysis zone or plaque on a lawn of bacteria, you know you’re in for an exciting scientific journey....


16th February 2021

Four Ways to Make Pancakes Healthier

Most of us love pancakes but tucking into a plateful might not be the healthiest. So, how can you get the best of both worlds? 1. Substituting the flour Changing or substituting some of the flour in a pancake recipe has the potential to...


14th February 2021

Polyphenols, chocolates and apples: How to mend a broken heart

Dr Priscilla Day-Walsh Chocolates or flowers for Valentines? How about an apple?! Both apples and chocolates are considered gifts from gods. After all, the Trojan war would never have happened were it not for an apple being offered to Aphrodite in return for “the...


8th February 2021

Student Volunteering: My Experience at the Quadram

Volunteering can be an incredibly rewarding experience, both personally and professionally. Gabriel Astorga is a third-year undergraduate student studying Biomedicine at the University of East Anglia (UEA). He reflects on his time volunteering at the Quadram Institute and the valuable skills he gained. Who?...


2nd February 2021

The Quadram sequences 10,000th COVID-19 sample

Professor Justin O’Grady and Dr Andrew Page Our work on the genomic sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 has just reached a major landmark as we successfully sequenced our 10,000th positive sample at the Quadram Institute in Norwich. It is hardly a cause for celebration given the...


26th January 2021

Mapping the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in Zimbabwe using genomic epidemiology

Today’s announcement by Health Secretary Matt Hancock of UK support with genomics expertise to help other countries identify new COVID-19 variants comes as researchers at the Quadram Institute outline their work supporting scientists in Zimbabwe. Today’s UK government announcement of the New Variant Assessment...


22nd December 2020

Norfolk and new variant SARS-CoV-2

The new variant virus and Norfolk. By Dr Andrew Page and Professor Justin O’Grady A new variant of SARS-CoV-2 has been reported in the South East and East of England. It has been named VOC-202012/01, which stands for Variant of Concern with the date,...


21st December 2020

Science of a Christmas Dinner

One of the many delights of the holidays is tucking into a delicious Christmas dinner. Have you ever wondered though what the Christmas dinner of tomorrow might look like, or the health benefits of those best-loved festive dishes? Dig into the science behind your...


15th December 2020

New variant COVID-19

Dr Justin O’Grady and Dr Andrew Page Dr Justin O’Grady is a group leader who works on pathogens and rapid diagnostics at the Quadram Institute and the UEA’s Norwich Medical School. Dr Andrew Page is head of informatics at the Quadram Institute and both...


30th November 2020

How mycoprotein influences digestion and promotes health effects

Blog by Raffaele Colosimo, PhD student Mycoprotein is a food ingredient used in all the meat replacement products branded as QuornTM. Apart from the lower environmental impact compared to meat, mycoprotein has shown to improve human health in clinical trials. Most of the unprocessed...


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