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22nd March 2021

Mental Wealth: A PhD candidate’s guide to promoting mental wellbeing during COVID-19

By Claire Elek  As humans, our experiences and interaction with others shape who we are as individuals, being tightly bound to our own sense of self. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many of us into a more isolated and hermit-like existence, making it incredibly...


18th March 2021

What are cruciferous vegetables and why are they so special?

By Federico Bernuzzi Have you ever cooked cauliflower or cabbage? Have you ever thought about what that strong and distinctive smell was? Well, that is exactly the sulphur molecules (the glucosinolates) in the cruciferous vegetables that are being broken down. Cruciferous Vegetables, also known as...


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

By Bethany Hartley  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...


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...

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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...


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