In the global race to curb the pandemic, scientists are testing a new kind of vaccine. Roger Highfield, Science Director, talks to key figures in the ‘David and Goliath’ race for a COVID-19 ‘RNA vaccine’.
Roger Highfield is the Science Director at the Science Museum Group, a member of the UK's Medical Research Council and a visiting professor at the Dunn School, University of Oxford, and Department of Chemistry, UCL. He studied Chemistry at the University of Oxford and was the first person to bounce a neutron off a soap bubble. Roger was the Science Editor of The Daily Telegraph for two decades, and the Editor of New Scientist between 2008 and 2011. He has written or co-authored eight popular science books, and had thousands of articles published in newspapers and magazines.
Science Director Roger Highfield explores how growing human tissue into mini-organs, or ‘organoids’, will help the fight against COVID-19, from explaining puzzling complications to creating novel treatments.
The UK has analysed the genetic sequences of more SARS-CoV-2 viruses than any other country. Science Director Roger Highfield investigates how this and other data can help understand how to control the virus and ultimately save lives.
Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the Institute of Health Equity at University College London, talks to Science Director Roger Highfield about why some communities are at higher risk of COVID-19.
Roger Highfield discusses the risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, both real and perceived, with Dr Sander van der Linden.
Viruses infect every living thing. Roger Highfield, Science Director, discusses their origins and a brief history of virology.
The body’s protective immune system holds the key to diagnosing, treating and vaccinating against coronavirus. Science Director, Roger Highfield, focuses on antibodies.
The development of COVID-19 treatments, tests, drugs and vaccines will be accelerated by molecular understanding of the COVID-19 virus. Roger Highfield, Science Director, looks at what is happening in Britain’s most prestigious molecular biology laboratory.
Roger Highfield, Science Director, on why the fate of the nation rests on R, the ‘reproduction number’, and a novel ‘stringency index’ that compares the pandemic responses of 160 nations.
Roger Highfield, Science Director, discusses how digital technologies can curb COVID-19 with Hannah Fry, who conducted a prescient simulation of a UK outbreak, and Dr Alice Tan of MizMedi Women’s Hospital, who explains why South Korea’s death toll is relatively low.
The first encouraging news in the global hunt for treatments to curb the pandemic was reported last week. Roger Highfield, Science Director, describes the race to cure COVID-19.
Roger Highfield, Science Director, talks to Kari Stefansson, whose genetic sequencing project has revealed how the UK infected Iceland, that children don’t seem to infect parents, and how to control COVID-19.