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Scientists discover kidneys’ true age

10th February 2009

Ross Mathers Scientists at Glasgow University have made significant discoveries that could help patients awaiting kidney transplants. The research, carried out at the Western Infirmary, has shown that the ‘bio-age’ of a kidney is more important than its actual chronological age when judging its suitability for transplant. This information will allow doctors to calculate the ...


Orthodoxy

10th February 2009

Aidan Cook I am not a scientist. And I’m certainly no expert in stem cell research. What is important here, however, is more the general morality than the biological details. So I will try and avoid anything too precise and stick to guiding principles and broad pros and cons. There are certainly some aspects of ...


Autodidakt

10th February 2009

James Foley Paperback science fiction, religious hysteria, and Stalin’s botched attempt to crossbreed a human-ape Red Army in the 1930s have combined to make people suspicious of genetic research. Some students proclaim themselves mortified that lank-haired boffins are investigating stem cell technology right under our noses at Glasgow University. Now and again, the hysteria boils ...


At Rest and remembered

10th February 2009

James Maxwell reflects on the life and work of one of America’s finest writers, John Updike John Updike, who died last month from lung cancer at the age of 76, was a uniquely talented literary polymath who excelled as an essayist, poet, critic, commentator and fiction-writer. Over five decades as a professional author, he rigorously ...


The word on the street

10th February 2009

As Glasgow’s arts scene gets all poetic, Nafees Mahmud reveals the charm and purpose of the spoken word I have a dark and dreadful confession to make. I write poetry.” The opening words of Stephen Fry’s guide to writing poetry showcase the stereotypical view many take of this artform. Many perceive poetic musings as being ...


The Devil’s Advocate

10th February 2009

George Binning weighs up the scales of criminal justice with Scottish legal heavyweight Donald Findlay Q.C. If you believed everything you read in the tabloids, Donald Findlay QC would be a name to steer clear of. This is a man who only ever seems to appear in connection with the most horrible crimes, who has ...


Occupy and resist: the return of student radicalism?

10th February 2009

As universities around the UK and the world are occupied by their students, James Foley examines whether students are reclaiming their radical past. In the last two weeks, more than twenty universities in the UK have seen campus occupations by students angered at Israel’s invasion of Gaza. The format of the occupations was established by ...


Landmark stem cell trial at Glasgow

10th February 2009

Sarah Smith Researchers at the University of Glasgow have been granted approval to begin a trial involving stem cell therapy to treat victims of stroke. The UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have given their permission for Glasgow University, together with the ReNeuron Group plc, to begin a clinical trial to investigate the ...


Scottish principals receive 10% pay rise

10th February 2009

Craig MacLellan Glasgow University’s Principal, Sir Muir Russell, received a pay increase almost four times the rate of inflation last year, making him the highest paid university principal in Scotland. Sir Muir, who is due to step down from his position in October, received a pay rise of 12.1%, increasing his salary from £205,000 in ...


Glasgow Uni occupied by activists

10th February 2009

George Binning A series of student-driven protests and occupations in aid of Gaza have prompted drastic action by universities across Scotland. On Wednesday February 4 students of Strathclyde University staged an occupation of Strathclyde’s registry and on Sunday January 25 the Stop the War Coalition (SWC) and Scottish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (SPSC) also staged an ...