The thymus is a little known organ, something that Maria Antica, Thymistem scientist, knew well when chatting with her friends and family in Croatia. A desire to change this led to her translating ‘My amazing Immune System’ into her native language. Last Friday on The Day of Immunology her hard work culminated in the book’s launch. We hear from Maria why she felt the translation was important for her country and the unfolding events of the two day celebration.
Many people consider the human brain to be the most complex biological structure in the world. So that raises the question, is building the brain the most complex process in the world? It may well be, but researchers are making progress mimicking the earliest steps of building the brain in a lab dish.
Last month during science week, a group of primary school children visited The Centre for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine at Kings College London. The ten children, aged between six and eleven years old and from Burdett-Coutts Primary School in Westminster, were invited to the centre to become scientists for the day and learn about stem cell research.
We know that cells are the building blocks of our bodies. But they are not like inert wooden blocks. They are complicated tiny machines that communicate with each other to make sure that the many simultaneously occurring processes in our bodies are in order.