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Biology means learning about life and the field is understandably wide. Some biologists study processes at the cell level, while others focus on processes in global ecosystems. The world needs good, autonomous biologists, particularly those with enquiring minds. Imagine if Alexander Fleming hadn’t noticed that there were no bacteria on his culture in the places where mould was growing? Penicillin, which has been used to cure countless diseases, would never have been discovered. Biological research has proved its worth to society again and again. This type of research is usually carried out by large, interdisciplinary, international-level teams. Genetic research, for example, is a major area within medical-biological research. It involves identifying and studying the genes linked to certain diseases, so that we can intervene at an earlier stage.
Studying the biological side of conditions such as anorexia nervosa is also a job for a medical biologist. Imagine the impact on treatment if a clear biological cause were to be found. But biology has many more interesting facets. Facets that affect the preservation and resilience of the Earth. Where would we be without ecologists trying to find out why so many species of plants and animals are in decline? What is the role of climate change in this process? Studying causes provides leads for finding solutions. Knowledge of the miraculous aspects of life helps us to understand ourselves, our health and our behaviour. This is what makes biology so exciting!
Is this the programme for you?
Are you interested in how living organisms work? Do you want to know more about how diseases such as cancer develop, or what makes the brain tick? Are you interested in mankind’s influence on land and coastal ecosystems? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Biology may well be the right subject for you! The programme is more scientific than the biology you are taught at school, and involves more maths, physics and chemistry.
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A link in the chain to a cure
As a student, you work in a small area of ongoing research, in which your results can form an important link in the process as a whole. In the University Medical Centre Groningen, for instance, research is being carried out into a rare disease called microvillus inclusion disease, in which the guts of very young children are unable to absorb nutrients. Under the supervision of the professor heading this research, students recently spent weeks ‘acidifying’ liver cells in an attempt to discover the mechanisms behind this serious condition.
How is climate change affecting marine life? Can we modify the DNA of bacteria so that we can use them to produce medicines? What happens in the brain when you sleep?How is climate change affecting marine life? Can we modify the DNA of bacteria so that we can use them to produce medicines? What happens in the brain when you sleep?
What is biology?