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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

UK gilts jump ahead of August employment report, 10-year auction

The United Kingdoms gilts jumped during European trading hours Monday ahead of the countrys employment report for the month of August and the 10-year auction, both scheduled for October 15 by 08:30GMT and 09:45GMT...

German bunds mixed ahead of October ZEW economic sentiment, eurozone September CPI

The German bunds remained mixed during European session of the first trading day of the week Monday ahead of the countrys ZEW economic sentiment index for the month of October, scheduled to be released on October 15 by...

Plunging U.S. inflation expectations likely to keep Fed on an easing course, says ING Economics

Plunging inflation expectations in the United States at a time of weakness in business surveys suggests the Fed will cut interest rates again in October, according to a recent research report from ING Economics. US...

Australian bonds plunge ahead of September policy meeting minutes, employment report

The Australian government bonds plunged during Asian trading session Monday as investors await the Reserve Bank of Australias (RBA) September monetary policy meeting minutes, scheduled to be released on October 15 by...

NZ September quarter CPI likely to rise 0.6 pct, slightly above RBNZ’s estimate: Westpac Research

New Zealands consumer price inflation for the September quarter of this year is expected to rise 0.6 percent, slightly above the Reserve Bank of New Zealands (RBNZ) estimate, according to the latest report from Westpac...

Politics

Melania Trump reacts to Donald Trump cheating allegations

Donald Trump and Melania Trump have always been in the limelight since they tied the knot. But the status of their marriage has become much more exposed to public speculations once they occupied the White House. Many...

Melania Trump: Is she distancing herself from Donald Trump’s political woes?

The past weeks have been hectic for the Trump administration, especially after an impeachment inquiry has been officially launched in the Congress in late September against President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, it is hard not...

How a 1905 debate about 'tainted' Rockefeller money is a reminder of ethical dilemmas today

Many nonprofits, including top universities and museums are confronting serious ethical dilemmas regarding accepting tainted money. The MIT Media Lab, an interdisciplinary research lab, has been widely criticized for...

Trump's bad Nixon imitation may cost him the presidency

Whatever Donald Trump does, Richard Nixon usually did it first and better. Nixon got a foreign governments help to win a presidential election over 50 years ago. Trumps imitation of the master has proven far from...

Backing Putin: Russia's middle class is no longer a catalyst for democratic change

A wave of protests rocked Moscow and scores of other cities across Russia between 2011 and 2013. The demonstrators called for free and fair elections and some even demanded an end to the Putin regime. Many Russian...

Science

NASA rover allegedly captures an image proving there's life on Mars

It has been decades since humans started launching missions to space. At this point, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has already sent numerous rovers to Mars to observe the several sections of the...

Elon Musk reminded NASA it can share SpaceX’s IP to anyone; Agency unwilling to do so due to security concern

Elon Musk and NASAs partnership has been standing on rocky ground in recent months as the Commercial Crew endeavor has been delayed. The mission aims to put American astronauts to space using SpaceXs services, opting to...

NASA unveils the design of new spacesuit for Moon landing mission in 2024

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been preparing for its next Moon landing mission that will be taking place within the next few years. One of the important things the agency has been working on...

ESA detects 46-foot wide asteroid approaching Earth much closer than usual in 2084

A 46-foot asteroid was recently detected by the European Space Agency (ESA) and is making headlines even though its next Earth close-approach will not happen within the next decades. Certain qualities of the asteroid have...

NASA asteroid watch confirms 7 more space rocks are approaching Earth this weekend

Several asteroids have come close to the Earth over the previous days, and a few more will approach the planet this weekend. Scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have detected that seven...

Technology

‘The Last of Us Part 2’ release date: Game director said giving NPCs unique name was quite the difficult feat

The Last of Us Part 2 is only a few months away, and Naughty Dog is ramping up the marketing campaign for the game. In recent weeks, the developers have been drip-feeding information about the title, and the gaming...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ release date: Developers doesn’t want microtransaction in the game; Fears backlash from players

Cyberpunk 2077 made an appearance in this years PAX Aus, and the developers have shared new details about the much-anticipated title. Among them briefly focused on the games story. Whats currently known is that...

‘GTA 6’ release date: Massive clue regarding sixth installment dropped by ‘GTA 5’ voice actor

A new GTA 6 narrative has emerged that got the gaming community buzzing with excitement. While there have been a lot of rumors involving the sixth entry for the lucrative series, this one is particularly intriguing given...

‘Death Stranding’ release date: Game doesn’t have a traditional death system in place, Hideo Kojima revealed

To say that Death Stranding is a confusing game is a bit of an understatement. Even with the title less than a month away from launch, the gaming community still doesnt have a concrete idea of what the game is about or the...

iPhone's iOS 13 update exposes iPhones to security risks and various usage issues

iOS 13 update was released by Apple for its iPhone customers last month. It offers many cool new features, but users might want to reconsider updating their units after bugs have been detected. Just a day after the...
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