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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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Strawberry’s Properties are More than Skin Deep
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Strawberry’s Properties are More than Skin Deep

Everyone loves a perfectly ripe strawberry, right? They count towards your five a day and contain important nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants. But what if science could help breeders make them even better?
Air Quality Monitoring
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Air Quality Monitoring

The quality of the air we breathe is of concern to many, as are the negative impacts that pollutants can have on health in the short term and the lasting effects. Many of us have the potential to come into contact with air contaminants in our day to day lives, so it is vital that efficient monitoring measures are in place to keep us from harm.
CO<sub>2</sub> Shortage Highlights that It’s Not Always the Bad Guy
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CO2 Shortage Highlights that It’s Not Always the Bad Guy

Say the words “carbon dioxide” to many people and often the first connotations that come to mind are negative things like emissions and global warming. Many governments around the globe are going to great lengths to reduce harmful emissions, including carbon dioxide (CO2), which remain worryingly high. However, believe it or not, a CO2 shortage is currently causing havoc in many areas of the food and beverage industry.
The Power of Nanopores for Understanding Proteins -Part 1
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The Power of Nanopores for Understanding Proteins -Part 1

We spoke to Professor Giovanni Maglia, group leader in chemical biology at the University of Groningen, about the progress he and his team have been making in turning nanopore technology to solving protein questions.
The Future of Nanopore Sequencing in the World of Proteins – Part 2
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The Future of Nanopore Sequencing in the World of Proteins – Part 2

Nanopore sequencing is now proving to a be a fruitful field for elucidating proteins as it has previously for DNA sequencing. However, it is yet to reach the point that DNA technologies have and there are still challenges to overcome and mysteries to solve. Here we talk to Professor Giovanni Maglia, group leader in chemical biology at the University of Groningen, about his group’s recent work in the area, the challenges they are working towards and the future of the field.
5 Trends in Mass Spectrometry
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5 Trends in Mass Spectrometry

Mass spectrometry is an important tool for a multitude of research disciplines, from identifying toxins in food and beverages, diagnosing bacterial infections to imaging samples at the biomolecular level. In this list we will explore some of the exciting trends within the field of mass spectrometry and the applications that are exploiting these advances to move the technique forward.
Understanding the Mechanisms of Streptococcal Infection and Disease
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Understanding the Mechanisms of Streptococcal Infection and Disease

Professor Shiranee Sriskandan is a Clinical Professor of Infectious Diseases at Imperial College London. She leads a team focused on the mechanisms by which streptococcal infections cause serious disease. As well as her research work, Professor Sriskandan undertakes teaching within the University and is also a medic at Hammersmith Hospital.
How to Tell “Fake” Olive Oils from the Genuine Article
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How to Tell “Fake” Olive Oils from the Genuine Article

With olive oil’s popularity on the increase in recent years, olive oil production and sales have become big business. However, it also opens the industry up to fraudsters looking to profiteer from this trend. To tackle this problem, scientists have been exploiting differences at the chemical level to expose adulterated products.
Milestones in Microbiology Over the Last 7 Decades
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Milestones in Microbiology Over the Last 7 Decades

In this list we will highlight some of the less well known but nonetheless ground breaking and important milestones in microbiology from the past seven decades.
The Monster Lurking Beneath Our Feet
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The Monster Lurking Beneath Our Feet

Increasing pressures of a growing population and changing toilet and kitchen habits are taking their toll on our sewer system. Currently it is estimated that drain clearance costs the UK £80 million a year. Now a supersized fatberg, estimated to be a record breaking 750 meters long, is being removed from under Central London and scientists are getting stuck in to reveal just what is clogging up our drains.
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