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When it comes to studies that advance science and medicine, where do humans come in? Do they need to come in at all? Come with us on a journey of discovery to learn how scientific experiments evolve, how they are represented by the media and how the public perceive their findings, before taking a deep-dive to search for the human and notions of our body in the scientific practices themselves.
Exploring notions of the human and our bodies in synthetic biology.
When it comes to synthetic biology as it relates to humans, a common narrative to emerge is one of the transformative potential it may have for our bodies. Yet when we look at the scientific practices themselves, are these transformative notions of the human body anywhere to be found? Join us as we explore how the human appears in synthetic biology practices, where bodies are to be found, and what we can learn from asking these questions.
Exploring the science behind the headlines – In-utero exposure to painkillers and future health.
Dr Mitchell Rod (Research Group Leader and Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist)
Links between in-utero exposures to environmental chemicals and the future health of the individual are frequently reported. Recently, there has been much debate about the role that in-utero exposure to painkillers (also known as analgesics) might play in the development of asthma and reproductive disorders. The scientific studies that are attempting to answer these questions involve many different experimental approaches. Using exposure to analgesics as an example, we will explore how the studies are conducted, how they are interpreted by the scientists and how they are portrayed in the media