The Fantastical World of Hormones with Professor John Wass

In this documentary, Professor John Wass, Professor of Endocrinology at Oxford University, highlights the importance of key hormones and the stories behind their discoveries. Hormones, a term coined by Ernest Starling from the Greek “haumea”, meaning “to excite”, is a fitting name for molecules which act on target cells resulting in a specific function. To date, more than 80 hormones of varying types, such as amines, peptides and steroids, have been discovered in humans. Professor Wass places prominence on testosterone, thyroid hormones, adrenalin and oestrogen. Moreover, the role of the pituitary gland, pancreas and fat cells in maintaining hormone levels is revealed. The greatly accomplished Professor Wass is a fantastic orator and has delivered a memorable and educational documentary. 

The WHO’s Global Study on the Origins of SARS-CoV-2

The World Health Organization (WHO) released a joint study, (WHO Headquarters, 2021), conducted between 4 January 2021 and 10 February 2021 in partnership with the World Organisation for Animal Health, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and a team of multidisciplinary Chinese experts. This study aimed to identify the source and introduction route of the SARS-CoV-2 virus into the human population. The study focussed on three main components: epidemiology, molecular epidemiology and bioinformatics, and animals and the environment.