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Karen Steward PhD

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After completing an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge in 2006, Karen became a research scientist at the Animal Health Trust, UK. During her time there, she completed a PhD in molecular microbiology and evolutionary genetics in partnership with the University of Cambridge and went on to hold a post-doctoral position. Her research focused on the fundamental biology of infectious diseases, outbreak analysis and the development of vaccines and diagnostic assays. In 2017 she left the lab to pursue a career in science communication. As senior science writer, Karen employs her wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience to coordinate and create a range of scientific content, tools and resources for the site and provide scientific support across the teams.


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Sustainability Through Innovation
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Sustainability Through Innovation

With growing pressure on labs to reduce waste and improve sustainability, we spoke to the Sustainability Forum at Agilent to learn more about what the company are doing to help their customers achieve their sustainability goals.
Students Get Hands-on with Mass Spectrometry
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Students Get Hands-on with Mass Spectrometry

We spoke to Dr Jonathan Jones from Waters Corporation, to learn more about the new initiative that they and Swansea University are leading to give students hands-on experience of mass spectrometry.
Lytic vs Lysogenic – Understanding Bacteriophage Life Cycles
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Lytic vs Lysogenic – Understanding Bacteriophage Life Cycles

Bacteriophage (phage) are obligate intracellular viruses that specifically infect bacteria. Here we take an overview of their structure, life-cycle and the role they have played in advancing science and medicine.
HPLC vs UHPLC
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HPLC vs UHPLC

Here we highlight some of the key similarities and differences between high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC), and consider some of their many applications.
Exploring 5 Successful Microbial Symbioses
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Exploring 5 Successful Microbial Symbioses

Our environment is filled with a multitude of microbes, some harmful others not. However, some organisms have taken coexisting a step further and developed relationships, or symbioses, with microbial partners. Here we consider some of the successful symbiotic relationships found in nature.
Tackling Antibiotic-resistance: Nitric Oxide-based Treatments for Respiratory Diseases
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Tackling Antibiotic-resistance: Nitric Oxide-based Treatments for Respiratory Diseases

The failure of conventional antibiotics to treat numerous antibiotic-resistant infections necessitates the development of new agents – as a natural anti-microbial nitric oxide holds particular promise.
Team Work Helps Overcome Environmental Challenges
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Team Work Helps Overcome Environmental Challenges

We spoke to Andrew Howley from Adventure Scientists,a pioneering not-for-profit organization that seeks to unite skilled adventurers with scientists keen to receive valuable data from remote areas, to learn more about the initiative and the impact their projects are having in the scientific community and beyond.
European Court Rules that Gene Editing is GM
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European Court Rules that Gene Editing is GM

The European Court of Justice has today ruled in a landmark case that living organisms, including plants, altered using newer genome editing techniques, class as genetically engineered.
What’s in a Wine Name?
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What’s in a Wine Name?

There’s nothing like a nice cool glass of rosé on a balmy summers evening. Whether you’re an adventurous type who likes to try a new wine every time or you have your go-to favourites, you put your trust in producers and retailers to deliver the products that they claim to be – but are they?
Working Together Helps Phage Overcome CRISPR
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Working Together Helps Phage Overcome CRISPR

Surprising results show that phage join forces to overcome bacteria’s CRISPR -based immune defenses. Improved understanding of the interactions between phage and their bacterial hosts could help advance phage-based therapies and stimulate viral research.
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