1. Sutton, G. (2021) ‘The future of the brain: advances in computer interfaces’, Biological Sciences Review, 33 (4), pp.10-14.
Ideas once considered to be within the realm of science fiction are rapidly becoming realistic propositions. Mind control of robotic arms, implanted brain devices for memory enhancement and even telepathy – anything appears possible, as neuroscientist Guy Sutton explains. This article links to your unit on Organisms Respond to Changes in their Internal and External Environments and supports your learning of nervous coordination. Look out for the exam-style questions in this article.
2. Walsh, K. (2021) ‘What is…? Genetic and environmental factors relating to diabetes’, Biological Sciences Review, 33 (4), pp.16-19.
Geneticist Katy Walsh explains how understanding diabetes will help guide global strategies that target the growing burden of this disease. This article links to your unit on Organisms Respond to Changes in their Internal and External Environments and supports your study of diabetes and the control of blood glucose concentration. Look out for the discussion questions in this article.
3. Arbuckle, K. and Speed, M. (2020) ‘Venom neurotoxins’, Biological Sciences Review, 32 (4), pp.2-6.
Evolutionary biologists Kevin Arbuckle and Mike Speed explain how neurotoxins work, and how researchers might exploit them to treat a variety of medical conditions.
4. Audesirk, T. (2018) ‘Making a muscle’, Biological Sciences Review, 31 (2), pp.10-14.
Explores the reasons underlying performance disparities among elite athletes.
5. McCrohan, C. (2015) ‘How are you feeling? Touch signals and touch receptors’, Biological Sciences Review, 27 (3), pp.12-16.
Neuroscientist Catherine McCrohan describes some of the different types of touch receptors that are located in the skin, how touch signals are conveyed in the nervous system, and some of the ways we use this information.
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