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Michael J Porter

Michael J Porter

Lecturer in Molecular Genetics, University of Central Lancashire

Dr. Michael J. Porter is a specialist in Molecular and Cellular Biology; his PhD focused on the familial breast cancer gene BRCA2. Currently his research interests include the use of multimedia to enhance the student experience, blended learning approaches and authentic teaching/assessment. His scientific research is primarily in the area of Dermatology, particularly the genetics underlying hair / skin pigmentation, and metastatic melanoma (skin cancer). Other interests include the biological/psychological impact of stress in students/general public, the role of epigenetic modification in nutrigenomics, particularly during the gestational period, the impacts of vaping, highly caffeinated soft drinks etc. and evolutionary adaptation.

He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and a fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), as well as a member of The Royal Society of Biology and The Royal Society of Chemistry.

He is also heavily engaged in encouraging the public’s understanding and engagement with Science; making appearances on Radio and Television, as well as writing for various newspapers.

Cryptic genetic variation: the hidden changes in your DNA that could produce new diseases

Aug 15, 2019 18:01 pm UTC| Insights & Views Science

Rarely has our environment changed so quickly. On top of climate change, were exposing ourselves to air pollutants, microplastics and unprecedented levels of fat, salt and sugar in our food. Environmental change is one...

No safe suntan, but research suggests there may be a way to reduce 'old leathery' look

Oct 28, 2018 13:19 pm UTC| Insights & Views Health

Getting a tan may not depend on how much sun people get, but rather when they get it. This is the finding from a new international research project. The study, published in Molecular Cell, found that sun exposure every...

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Economy

China’s February PMI to test historic low of 38.8, says ANZ Research

Chinas manufacturing PMI for February is expected to reach an historic low of 38.8. The impact of the virus outbreak will see PMI drop further than the previous low in Q4 2008, according to the latest report from ANZ...

EM Asian currencies likely to advance somewhat temporarily versus dollar due to dropped DXY Index, says Scotiabank

EM Asian currencies are likely to advance somewhat temporarily versus the dollar because of a dropped DXY Index, but will pare their gains soon amid escalating global risk aversion as the US is set to become the next...

China’s manufacturing PMI for February likely to hit historic low of 38.8, says ANZ Research

Chinas manufacturing PMI for February is expected to hit an historic low of 38.8. The impact of the virus outbreak will see PMI drop further than the previous low in Q4 2008, according to the latest report from ANZ...

NZ January unadjusted trade balance stronger-than-expected as exports overpower imports

New Zealands unadjusted trade balance saw a deficit of $340 million, which was stronger than expected. Exports fell seasonally, but not by as much as expected. The majority of the supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19...

U.S. Treasuries slump ahead of 5-year auction, FOMC members’ speeches

The U.S. Treasuries slumped during Wednesdays afternoon session ahead of the countrys 5-year auction, due to be held today by 18:00GMT. Also, speeches by FOMC members, Kaplan and Kashkari, awaiting to be delivered today by...

Politics

CIA suddenly briefs the Gang of Eight, possibly about Donald Trump's relations?

It was only several days ago where President Donald Trump lashed out at the Intelligence community and everyone else that he could think of during a press conference while in New Delhi. What also transpired over those days...

Donald Trump shock: POTUS's wealth may be investigated by Scotland officials

President Donald Trump has always tried to evade investigations into his finances, despite constantly boasting about how much money he has and corrects anyone who would only refer to him as a millionaire. However,...

US President Donald Trump takes funds for coronavirus fight from low-Income program

President Donald Trump previously addressed the impact that the coronavirus would have in the United States. Following his remarks of being ready to spend as much money as possible to keep the disease from causing an...

Barack Obama urges networks to take down pro-Trump ad calling Joe Biden ‘racist’

Barack Obama recently urged networks to take down a pro-Donald Trump ad that is targeting Joe Biden. According to Politico, the ex-POTUS is not pleased with the ad because it took his words out of context and made it...

Science

Asteroid: Space rock Earthbound in a span of 12 hours

Hundreds of asteroids may have flown by Earth in a span of almost two months in 2020, but NASAs asteroid trackers notice one more may be coming this way. The agency spotted an Earthbound space rock that is set to approach...

NASA: Mars probe discovers unusual glow in the Red Planet's night sky

Space agencies all over the world continue to explore the Red Planet in an attempt to further understand what it is made of and the possibility of living there in the future. NASAs InSight space probe recently discovered...

Asteroids: Expert warns of another Chelyabinsk asteroid could approach unnoticed

Back in 2013, the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia experienced an asteroid collision, injuring over a thousand people. According to an expert, such an asteroid collision may happen again as some asteroids can slip past the...

Archaeologists discover wall of human bones and skulls in Belgium cathedral

If history has shown us anything, it is that religious buildings or establishments related to a certain faith can be very haunting. A group of archaeologists found a haunting part of a certain cathedral in Belgium, made up...

Technology

Tesla Model Y delivery as early as March 15 is confirmed

Fans of electric vehicles who have ordered a Tesla Model Y will have something great to look forward to in March. Several customers shared online that they have finally received email confirmations from Tesla for the...

‘One Piece Pirate Warriors 4’ release date, gameplay: Boa Hancock, Dracule Mihawk, Emporio Ivankov, and Buggy teased by Bandai Namco

With the One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 release date less than a month away, Bandai Namco Entertainment released four trailers showing the gameplay of four new warriors that will be coming to the game. When the title arrives,...

ONE Esports ‘Mobile Legends: Bang Bang’ Invitational online qualifiers starts this May

Theres no doubt that Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is one of the most popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) mobile games out there. In fact, MLBB is now one of the go-to titles for professional gamers in the...

Who can join the ‘World of Warcraft: Shadowlands’ beta testing?

Blizzard Entertainment has released enough information about World of Warcraft: Shadowlands to keep the fans excited about the next expansion. However, the excitement can be a little frustrating sometimes, especially when...
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