Author: Matthew Wright

What is the COVID-19 Vaccine? Part 2

In January, I covered the biological basis of the newly emerging COVID-19 vaccines. However, since the vaccine rollout became more widespread, an increasing hesitancy to take the vaccine has arisen. This may be for various reasons, such as COVID infection post-vaccination or simply not trusting the science behind vaccination. If it is the latter, it may be worth disposing of any item in your house made by those in a scientific research background, as they too will have little value to you (paracetamol should be dumped as quickly as possible, for your safety). Scientific research, be it biological, chemical,...

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What is the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Introduction to vaccines: Vaccines are an integral part of ensuring immunity against diseases that have wrought havoc on human populations prior to today. Some of the most famous vaccines include Smallpox, MMR (Mumps, Measles, and Rubella), HPV (Human Papilloma Virus), and polio. Typically vaccines contain an inactive or weakened form of the pathogen (disease-causing agent), allowing us to develop an immunity to the disease with minimal side-effects and symptoms. The COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-19) Pfizer vaccine differs, in that it is an mRNA vaccine, more on that later. This will attempt to provide a brief explanation of how the vaccine was...

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Wonderfully Scientific – Wellcome Collection, London

Whilst visiting London, Cedric wanted to find an art gallery near London Euston. He suggested the Wellcome Collection. Unbeknownst to him, the Wellcome Trust funds the Sanger Institute, one of the world’s leading centres for genomic science. I just so happened to forget to mention and (probably for the last time), was able to drag Cedric around a wonderful museum and library centered around Human Health. Founded by Sir Henry Wellcome, the Wellcome Trust has aimed to improve health by investing in researchers who are focussing on the most prescient threats to global health. Whilst, simultaneously, educating the public...

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St Peter’s Church, Explosive Ecclesiastical Lunch, Marlborough

St Peter’s church stands at the end of Marlborough High Street near to Marlborough College, this was also where Cardinal Thomas Wolsey was ordained on the 10th March 1948. Despite having lived in the Marlborough area since I was eight, I have only discovered it now at the age of 20. The cafe itself is contained within a portion of the church, with a separate area also dedicated to crafts and art produced by local artisans. The traditional layout of the cafe lulls one into a false sense of security. What transpired soon outgrew what is to be expected....

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Diseases Associated with Ageing – A Biological Essay

Hi guys, Matthew here. I’m a new guest blogger on Cedric Suggests. This is my first time so please be gentle… I wrote an essay about three diseases associated with ageing which might be of some interest to you. Do read the following and let me know your thoughts. The musculoskeletal system is something we all rely on to live our day to day lives, when we age there are changes which occur, altering our ability to do so. This essay explores three of these changes and how research is providing insight into preventing and reversing these changes. Explain...

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